Sam is probably best known as an actor, but he is also a producer of pinot noir. He has been in movies and on television for more years than he cares to remember and some success in that world enabled him to build Two Paddocks, a small grower of pinot noir in Central Otago, starting in 1992. This follows something of a family tradition – his great-grandfather founded Neill & Co, importers of wines and spirits in 1861. Thus his family has been supplying, drinking and now growing good wine in Otago for 150 years. The quality of Two Paddocks wine, and his attachment to it, make Sam an optimistic man. He is inclined to see the glass in his right hand as never half empty, by the simple expedient of ensuring his left hand always holds a full bottle.