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Fleur Caulton is an accomplished and successful restaurateur, with over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. After traveling abroad following university, Fleur returned to New Zealand at the age of 21, and settled in Queenstown, where she opened her first restaurant: Solera Vino “knowing nothing!” she confesses in hindsight.
For almost a decade Fleur worked to build Solera Vino into a highly successful business, with a large local and international following. The wine and tapas bar was well ahead of its time and quickly became the place to be to enjoy a great selection of wines, hospitality and new and innovative food in the Otago region.
Fleur’s passion, energy and drive caught the eye of investors, who recruited her to help create a new winery and hospitality experience: Amisfield Wine Company. For the next nine years Fleur developed her business skills and reputation as General Manager/CEO at Amisfield, where she played a key role in transforming Amisfield into an internationally recognised wine brand.
In 2012 Fleur teamed up with Chef Josh Emett to form their progressive hospitality group: Mayfare Group Ltd. Under Mayfare’s umbralla, the pair opened Rata in Queenstown and Madam Woo restaurants in Queenstown, Takapuna, Dunedin, Hamilton, and Christchurch.
The pair’s shared commitment to excellence, attention to detail and their keen understanding of the hospitality industry is evident in each of these ventures. Fleur is largely responsible for the business from a financial and operations perspective, mirroring the standards set by Emett in the kitchen. Fleur has the ability to take an idea and turn it into reality—creating genuine hospitality experiences where people want to dine time and again.