Where are you from: Sydney, Australia
What skills and qualifications do you bring to the team: Certainly not classical wine knowledge! Before I gained my WSET Level 2, I was much more of a wine lover and enthusiast. My previous professional experience has predominantly been in media, sales and management.
What brought you to Gibbston: My better half is a Kiwi and grew up in South Otago. We moved here from Sydney in January 2021 to start the next chapter and adventure in our lives. Ending up at Kinross is a bit of a dream come true really.
Where did your love of wine begin?: My family is Italian, and my grandparents immigrated to Sydney from Italy in the 1950s. I grew up seeing wine on the table every lunch and dinner time. Along with family and food, wine is a big part of Italian culture. Outside of that, my Dad is probably the biggest influence in turning my familiarity with wine into a passion.
Favourite wine at our cellar door: Now that is a tough question. I would have to say that the Kinross Discovery Series – Cox’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 just narrowly beats the Taimana Waitaki Pinot Noir 2013 for me.
Bucket-list wine holiday destination: I was fortunate enough to visit that destination in 2019 when I explored the Chianti region in Italy. Chianti produces my favourite styles of wine and it was an absolute joy to experience when I was there. Following that I would have to say Argentina.
Tips for visitors to our region: Make sure to take some time to sit somewhere, relax, sip some beautiful Central Otago wine and enjoy the phenomenal views on offer nearly everywhere you look. There is so much to see and do in Queenstown at any time of year, and it can be really easy to spend all of your time running around trying to fit everything in to an itinerary.