Greg Allinson, Pask Winery, Hawkes Bay
Born, Bred, SchooledAll three in the cold, hardy North East of England,
First wine industry jobBars Manager for hospitality group, Met a Kiwi wine rep. Kept buying his wines.
First real (full time) job (outside of school/uni holidays)Restaurant Manager
Career HighlightMoving to NZ to study winemaking and viticulture was a real step up the ladder. Numerous highlights I've been privileged to have,
Mentor/InfluencerJamie Connolly at House of Townend,
Desert island wine and food.French..... Oh you want details? Domaine Dujac - anything from them. Food will no doubt involve truffles & foie gras. Also Belly Pork.
Dinner table companions, dead or aliveChristopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Eva Green, Henry V, Billy Connolly, Jancis Robinson.
Greatest achievementPacking up bags, leaving UK to move to other side of the world without ever visiting NZ
New Zealand wine industry needs...To be more vocal about the wide variety of wine made here & to celebrate the diverse regions & styles.
If you weren't working in the wine industry in your current position, what would you be doing?Astronomer. Or Historian.
VirtuesWine & Cheese
VicesWine & Cheese
One thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a member of the Hawke’s Bay Woodturners Guild. Anyone want a wooden bowl?
If you had the day off tomorrow what would you like to do.
Pack up a picnic, head to the beach or country, take a book & a bottle, turn off phone.
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