Huw Kinch, Winemaker, Escarpment Vineyards, Martinborough

Born, Bred, Schooled:

Born/Bred: Cooma, NSW Australia.  Schooled: St Pats Cooma.

First wine industry job:
BWS Bottle shop Wagga Wagga – 3 lane drive through! Those Wagga folk know how to drink!
First real (full time) job (outside of school/uni holidays):

Cellarhand at McWilliams, Mount Pleasant, Hunter Valley. 

Career Highlight:
Getting my current job with Escarpment.
Cat? Dog?
Jersey Calf named Cowboy.
Desert Island wine and food...

Good Pinot Noir and Duck Cofit. 


Larry McKenna and Warren Gibson.

Dinner table companions, dead or alive:

My Wife, Michael Jordan, Don Bradman, Eddie Murphy.

Greatest achievement:

My Daughter Zara and marrying my wonderful wife.

New Zealand wine industry needs…

To focus on making great wines… 

If you weren’t working in the wine industry, what would you be doing?

Something with my hands maybe a woodworker.

One thing about you people might be surprised to learn...

I only ever planned to come to NZ for one harvest, I have been here since 2007 and have a Kiwi Daughter.

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

Go to the coast and have a dive and then go home and have a good meal with plenty of good wine.



Twitter:             @huwkinch        


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