Rob Knight, Cellar Manager, GisVin, Gisborne

Born, Bred, Schooled

Gisborne born and bred. Schooled at Gisborne Intermediate and Lytton High School

First wine industry job

Cellar work during vintage 1983 after school. Dipping tanks, cleaning and getting ferment samples… At Corbans Gisborne

First real (full time) job (outside of school/uni holidays)

Builders labourer, re-piling houses in Edgecumbe after the big earthquake.

Career Highlight

Many, my 25th vintage this year is a special milestone and was a great vintage!


My Dad Terry, he was a very good Cellar Supervisor and taught me so much about having fun with what you do.

Cat? Dog?


Desert island wine and food.

Ice cold Champagne, G&T and good cheeses

Dinner table companions, dead or alive

Bon Scott, former AC/DC front-man and George Best

Greatest achievement

Surviving my youth

New Zealand wine industry needs...

A continuing stream of the keen, hardworking, intelligent people like those I worked with this year.

If you weren't working in the wine industry in your current position, what would you be doing?

Building things or fixing things


Patience and calmness (mostly)



One thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I love to ride my old 1975 Honda motorbike and have several tattoos

If you had the day off tomorrow what would you like to do.

Take the kayak out on the sea and chase some fish



FB:     Rob Knight




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