Where are you from? I grew up in the greater Valparaíso area, which is pretty close to Santiago, the capital of Chile.
What skills and qualifications to you bring to the team? I come from a finance and economics background. I started taking WSET's certifications in order to start getting closer to the wine industry. I passed WSET Level 3 before moving to New Zealand to pursue a career in the wine industry.
What brought you to Gibbston? Whilst studying my Graduate Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management at Queenstown Resort College, I needed a part-time job and Kinross was hiring!
Where did your love of wine begin? It all started with a food blog I ran for nearly 5 years at my home city. As I learned more about food and restaurant formats, I started feeling the need to know more about wine in order to start evaluating pairings and wine lists. It grew from there!
Favourite wine at our cellar door: Can I pick two? Valli Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2019 is an intriguing wine. The second is Wild Irishman Alexandra 2020. That wine just blew my mind in the new vintage release tasting with Alan Brady.
Bucket-list wine holiday destination: Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Provence. I can't wait to visit all these historic and bucolic villages, drink beautiful red blends and rosé, visit lavender fields in Provence, and spend few days enjoying the French Riviera.
Tips for visitors to our region: It all depends on your time availability. For one day, I would suggest to visit a few wineries in Gibbston and then head to Bannockburn, which allows you to compare two subregions that despite are very close, they are very different styles of wines (and landscapes too!).