Jules van Costello

Jules van Costello is a food and drinks writer, restauranteur, wine merchant and educator. He is co-owner of Hillside Kitchen & Cellar and The Ramen Shop and is Wine Director of Cult Wine. In 2015 his first book BREWED: A Guide to the Craft Beer of New Zealand was published and the 2nd edition of BREWED is due to be released late 2017. His first wine book Aotearoa Nouveau: Postmodern New Zealand Wine is also due to be released late 2017. Jules is the veteran of 4 crowdfunding campaigns across multiple platforms and has raised over $65000 using this channel. 

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Professional Memberships:

Jules van Costello is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • Organic Winegrowers New Zealand
  • The Food Writers Guild of New Zealand
  • The Brewers Guild of New Zealand 
  • The New Zealand Sommelier & Wine Professionals Association 
  • Wine Writers of New Zealand
  • The New Zealand Society of Authors 


"Jules' contribution to setting up the Mahia St. Kitchen beverage list was invaluable.  He made a concerted effort to understand the philosophy of the restaurant, and as a result he expertly paired his proposed wine list with the restaurant's menu.

Jules' knowledge of both local and foreign wines is immense, and his ability to source good value products proved excellent.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Jules for his invaluable contribution to our business, and to acknowledge the enormous amount of effort he put into delivering a very professional and bespoke service."

Arnault Vallee, Chef & Owner - Mahia Street Kitchen 


"Jules has brought a very good understanding of marketing and communications to his role at Macvine and has led the introduction and management of the social media activities achieving good results. He is creative and enterprising and a very good wordsmith!"

Craig O'Connell, Director - Macvine International


"Jules contributed a Wine column to homestyle magazine while I was editor. His copy was lively and bright, well researched and delivered on time. His suggested topics were always appropriate and well targeted to the demographic." 

Brenda Ward, Previous Editor - Homestyle Magazine


"Jules has been our main wine tasting presenter for the last two years. Our members love listing to his exceptionally diverse knowledge of various varieties of wine from all over the world. He has real passion for wine and approaches tastings in a very informal way which immediately puts our members at ease. This allows them the freedom to ask questions and not feel intimidated by their lack of knowledge. He harbours no pomposity with regard to wine and this really appeals to our audience. Jules encourages people to actively participate in this tastings by asking their options. There are no wrong or right answers and we believe he  respects and appreciates all comments. His unique presentation style appeals to members from 20 years to 60's. His approach is both quirky, unique and respectful.  We look forward to hosting many more events with Jules in the future."

Lucy Mutch, Wellington Foodies