They may be the brains behind Invivo Wines, but Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron are (ever-so slightly) lacking in the looks department. Fortunately, in true Invivo style the boys have devised an innovative solution to ensure their wine label has some beauty behind it: Nigel Barker, former model, judge and photographer on America’s Next Top Model is now their US Glambassador.

Of course, the partnership is founded on more than Nigel’s chiseled jaw, smouldering dark eyes and dashing good looks. Nigel also has a genuine passion for Invivo’s wine and a five-year friendship with the boys to boot.

Nigel was first introduced to Invivo five years ago when he was in New Zealand shooting America’s Next Top Model, and immediately fell in love with Invivo’s Pinot Noir. He struck up a friendship with Tim and Rob who began smuggling Nigel’s new favourite tipples (he’s partial to their Sauvignon Blanc too) to the US so he could enjoy them whenever he wanted.

“Every so often you meet someone you want to stay in touch with and occasionally that relationship becomes extra special. That is basically what happened between Invivo and me, it was love at first sip,” says Nigel.

Although the wine was often stopped at customs and returned to New Zealand, they did experience some success and Nigel was able to enjoy his precious Invivo for many years. When Invivo launched their wines in the US, the covert operations came to an end but their friendship with Nigel did not.

With Invivo’s tasty and unique blends now available to the US, Nigel is the perfect glambassador to spread the word.