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Q&A with Trinity Hill's Winemaker Warren Gibson

Q&A with Trinity Hill's Winemaker Warren Gibson

Trinity Hill is a producer that shows the best of what New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay and Gimblett Gravels regions can produce. Winemaker Warren Gibson's management has led to ongoing improvements and growth in the vineyards to support his aspirations in the winery.

What bottle sparked your interest in wine?

1966 DP (Dom Pérignon) that I managed to find at an auction house for a very good price – it’s my vintage!

Which grape variety would you be?

Chardonnay, because of its versatility. You can make white Burgundy, Champagne, and other great wines around the world. It’s my go-to variety at home.

What’s the best thing about being a winemaker?

The diversity of the role. I do such a range of things from primary production to sales and marketing and the travel that goes along with it. It’s fun, but it’s hard work at the same time!

Where's been your favourite place to travel to for wine?

Piemonte – Barolo and the surrounding towns. If I could go to one place a year that would be the place I would pick, for the beauty and, of course, the food!

If you weren’t in New Zealand, which country would you like to make wine in?

I worked in Southern Italy as a flying winemaker and would love to go back there.

When/where are you happiest?

When I’m relaxing at home. I enjoy listening to and watching sport, in the background. Being from New Zealand it’s usually cricket or rugby. Ideally, I wouldn’t be too far from some good food and a nice glass of something.

What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve been given?

That’s a good question! When I did some flying winemaking in Italy and Hungary, Kym Milne taught me the virtue of diplomacy and patience. He advised me to try to work around people, rather than pushing them to do things my way.

What’s your favourite wine and music match?

At harvest time, cleaning needs something heavy. I don’t have a favourite band for that type of music. As long as there’s volume and strength to match the need to get stuff done and hopefully have a cold beer at the end of the day. The louder the better!