Te Mania - Nelson, New Zealand
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Winemaker Steve Gill, after working in some of the best wine regions of the world, is proud to call Nelson and New Zealand home.

“I believe that we make world-class wine in Nelson. The region has the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand and cool nights which produces aromatic wines with an extra special character. I like to use a mixture of traditional techniques learnt working in old-world countries like France and Germany and new world technology like refrigeration and stainless steel tanks. It is this blend of creativity/art and science that I love about winemaking.

"Working at some of the best wineries in the world, it becomes clear that the best wine is not made but is grown in the vineyard. The best wine is made from minimal interference in the winery.”

Steve has been making wine at the renowned Greenhough Vineyards in Nelson for the last 5 years. Prior to that he was assistant winemaker at cult Dry River Wines in Martinborough for 3 vintages.

During this time Steve has been globe trotting around the world to learn as much as possible from the worlds best in other top international wine growing regions. He has worked vintages at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, Heinz Schmitt in Mosel, Saintsbury in Carneros and Schaetzel in Alsace. So it's not hard to work out his favourite wines are riesling and pinot noir!

“I love the fact that there is so much to know about wine but also, at the end of the day, it is simply a drink that is full of magic and pleasure.”