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Chief Winemaker for Trinity Hill
Warren Gibson began his winemaking career in
New Zealand in 1987, subsequently travelling the
world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages
in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California.
In 1997, with partner Lorraine Leheny, also a
winemaker, they established their own brand,
Bilancia. In Italian, Bilancia translates to ‘balance
and equilibrium’ and the la collina Syrah is now in
its 15th vintage.
In 2015, Gibson spent time as visiting
winemaker on a Walter, Carew and Richard
Reynell Fellowship as guest of the University
of Adelaide mentoring the Hickinbotham
Roseworthy Oenology students.
He has been a regular judge at all of New
Zealand’s major wine, shows plus a range of wine
competitions in Australia. In 2016, Gibson was
Chairman of Judges for the Hawke’s Bay A&P
Bayleys Wine Awards and was also appointed the
new Chairman of Judges for Air New Zealand Wine
Awards for 2017.
Gibson is about to embark on his 21st vintage
at Trinity Hill, currently as Chief Winemaker and
also heading the viticultural team.
Introducing some of the talented people behind New Zealand’s most successful vineyards.
Chief Winemaker for Kono
Originally from the Bay of Plenty, Bruce
Taylor grew up on the beach with a family
of scientists, but a love of books and surfing
initially drew him to studying history at Waikato
University. After much travel and a winding
career path, he found himself back at university
completing a Bachelor of Wine Science.
After extensive travelling and working in
wineries around the world, Taylor returned
to Aotearoa in 2006 and became Chief
Winemaker at Kono in 2008. Heading up
vineyard and winery teams in Marlborough’s
Upper Awatere Valley, and the Moutere, Bruce
oversees production of Tohu, Aronui and
Kono Wines. He has a particular passion for
terroir-driven Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and, of
course, Sauvignon Blanc. “As a winemaker
you are always striving to make a wine you are
proud of, and people enjoy drinking,” he says.
“Working for a Māori-owned family company
that genuinely cares for its people and its
land also a privilege.” Taylor lives happily in
Blenheim with his wife Julie, daughters Eve
and Ellie, and a 1970 Valiant coupe.
Chief Winemaker for Wairau River Wines
Sam Rose was born in 1978, the year his
parents Phil and Chris Rose began their
quest to convert Phil’s family farm land
to grapes. So, you could say that from
the beginning he has been involved in the
family wine business. As a youngster, Rose
and his four siblings helped in the vineyard;
pruning, and wrapping vines, and come
harvest time they would be handed a set of
secateurs and set to work picking grapes.
Appreciation of food and wine has always
been important to the Rose family.
After a few years of living and working
as a builder’s labourer in Australia, Rose
returned to New Zealand to complete a
Bachelor of Oenology at Lincoln University.
He then set about travelling the world
gaining valuable vintage experience in
France and USA. In 2003, he returned
to the family winery the winemaking
operations as Chief Winemaker. When he’s
not at the winery, you will most definitely
find Sam fishing and enjoying the stunning
Winemaker for Misha’s Vineyard
Forging some of New Zealand’s most
consistently fine Pinot Noir over more than
three decades, Olly Masters has carved a
reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading
winemakers and wine judges. Joining the
Misha’s Vineyard team in 2006, Masters has
been at the helm of winemaking ever since.
Olly’s credentials include an honours
degree in Biotechnology from Massey
University and a Post Graduate Diploma in
Viticulture and Oenology (Distinction) from
Lincoln University. He began wine judging
in the mid-90s and has served as a senior
judge at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards
for more than a decade. He continues to
judge in New Zealand’s major national
competitions and is also regularly invited
to judge overseas.
Starting his career in Martinborough
in 1989, Olly has worked with Dry River
as well as wineries in Hawke’s Bay and
Burgundy before joining Ata Rangi in 1994
where he was winemaker/viticulturist for
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