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Sebastien - Cellar Door manager

Originally from: France.
Greatest Achievement: French National pain au chocolat throwing Champ 2014

Football loving, wine loving, pain au chocolat loving, all round good bloke

Fast 5 for Seb:

How did you come to be a GVW team member?
I was already very familiar with GV wines as I use to recommend them all the time when I was working in hospitality. I have a very deep respect for this winery for all the wines that it produces and the history behind it. So when I saw that the position for Cellar Door Manager was available I didn’t hesitate one second and applied straight away.

A wine to impress/convert a new love interest?
The Pinot Gris la Dulcinee. It is a very elegant wine with very interesting floral notes on the nose and lots of fruit such as pear and melon on the palate rounded with a very nice creaminess. The fact that it is partially aged in Acacia barrels makes it very special in my opinion as we don’t see this very often..

Who is the most famous person you have ever meet?
I have once shook hands with Jacques Chirac, the president of France, when I was a kid..

If you were a bottle of GV wine, what would you be and why?
The School House. Full bodied pinot noir with a beautiful minerality. Quite intense and elegant

What kind of hairstyle did you rock in 1995, same time as the GVW wine cave opening?
1995? Not too sure… but I remember one time pulling off silver hair for an entire summer many years ago, just for the fun.

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Trina - restaurant manager

Originally from: New Zealand
Greatest Achievement: New Zealand's longest headstand champion 2015

Head-standing, ski jumping, back-flipping; wine nut

Fast 5 for Trina:

How did you come to be a GVW team member? 
A good friend of mine was working at the cheesery last summer, when I saw the job advertised I thought it would be a great opportunity to pull faces at him through the courtyard so I applied straight away!

Who is the most famous person you have ever meet?
I got pretty flustered when I met oriental Buzz lightyear at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2009

What’s your favourite wine drinking position?
Let’s get a little romantic for a minute, surely there is no better way to drink wine other than around a fire place, whether that’s at home or a bonfire at the beach with great company.

Favourite GV wine at the moment?
I always considered Chardonnay a wine that my grandmother would have chosen, but I am a fully converted after trying our China Terrace Chardonnay.

If you were a bottle of GV wine, what would you be and why? 
Surely that would be our Rosé Method Traditionelle – Fruity strawberry textures ahead of smokey undertones before a long, lingering cherry finish.

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Kat - Sales & marketing manager

Originally from: Czech Republic.
Greatest Achievement: Winner of the 2011 Queenstown egg & spoon race.

heat-pump loving, mountain loving, ski loving, all round good chick

Fast 5 for Kat:

How did you come to be a GVW team member?
I used to work here from 2008 – April 2010. It feels like a good Dejavu.

Best kept Queenstown secret?
Special parking spot in town.

Favourite GV wine at the moment?
Riesling Le Fou 2010 – brings up great memories when I used to work here seven years ago.

A wine to impress a love interest?
2011 Vintage Rose – love the colour, smell and taste, it was long time coming... It is a very special wine.

Who is the most famous person you have ever meet?
Pierce Brosnan in 2002 when he came to Sydney for a Premiere of his last Bond Movie. Back then I worked at the Wild Fire Restaurant. Pierce asked for a Martini with two olives and later that evening he also asked me where the restrooms were :D Exciting moment in my life :D I love his Bond movies and found him friendly and pleasant.

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PADDY - CELLAR DOOR ROCK STAR

Originally from: New Zealand
Greatest achievement: Voted NZ's best wedding singer 2013,2014 & 2015. 

Fountain of wine knowledge, trail walking, explorer, all round top grape drinker.

Fast 5 for Paddy:

How did you come to be a GVW team member? 
A sense of something new, the wines and views lead me straight here.

What’s your favorite wine drinking position?
Out in this landscape, laid back and sun-soaked.

Who is the most famous person you have ever meet?
I don't find myself in the company of famous people, the closest I've been was a sweaty chap dressed in a Goofy costume.

Favourite GV wine of all time?
It has to be one of the re-released wines we put out through our cellar door, very well aged Pinot, especially the 2008 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir. It's an absolute stunner! I was surprised by the complexity and development of flavors in this particular wine. I was once skeptical about aged Otago Pinot Noir but its clear, they warrant the emphasis we put on cellaring.

A wine to impress a new love interest? 
Ultimately the Red Shed Pinot Blanc 2015, wild fermented with its richness, texture and slow developing flavors. Suitable for all your floozies and sweethearts alike.

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duncan - warehouse manager

Originally from: England
Greatest achievement: Avoiding a photo shoot until his hair's done Champ Nov 2016. 

Breakdancing, disc golf slinging, craft beer drinking, top model

Fast 5 for Duncan:

How did you come to be a GVW team member? 
I was rolling around the valley with cv's, swung into Gibbston Valley, was offered a job in the restaurant which I declined demanding a role on Cellar Door. The rest is a 4 year history.

What’s your favorite wine drinking position?
Inverted on a barrel!

Who is the most famous person you have ever meet?
For the 3 football fans at GV I'd say former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson and had an argument with him. For everybody else Mark Addy who played King Baratheon in Game of thrones. He answered my questions about action scenes but not boobs......

Favourite GV wine of all time?
A tough one. I am unable to pick just one so will pick two: Glenlee 2014 as it's freakin' awesome and 2012 Reserve Chardonnay because it reminded me how good chardy is.

Best kept Queenstown secret? 
Queenstown gardens, all the frisbee golf and fewer slack-lining hippies.

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SEAN - BIKE CENTRE MANAGER

Originally from: Newcastle Man
Greatest achievement: Made it through the first audition of Geordie Shore. 

Bike nut, Wakeboard nut, Snowboard nut, not quite a football nut as he follows Spurs.

Fast 5 for Sean:

How did you come to be a GVW team member? 
I was doing a bit of bike guiding for a company in and around the Queenstown area, they put me in touch with the crew at GVW who needed an extra pair of hands getting the new bike centre up and running and driving biking guests around the valley. I hadn’t actually been out to the winery and was offered a free coffee if I came out for a meeting, who could say no to that?

What kind of hairstyle did you rock in 1995, same time as the GVW wine cave opening?
That would my Britpop esqe’ centre parting, a truly awful hairdo for a truly awful musical movement, like all impressionable early year teenagers it was more ‘hair’ than ‘style`.

What’s your favourite wine drinking position?
I shall call it the passing of the baton, when your stretching across from the couch to the coffee table about to open another bottle of pinot, and that sense of victory envelopes the moment.

Favourite GV bike trail at the moment?
Depends on the mood, for a gentle bike ride then definitely the stretch from GVW out to the suspension bridges, majestic views of the Kawarau along the way, if I need a little more adrenaline then ‘pylon down’ up at Rabbit Ridge, fast, fun and flowy single track only 15mins from the winery.

A bike trail to impress/convert a new love interest? 
Gotta be the section of the river trail that can lead those with a bit of wanderlust down to the beach, it’s the valleys hidden secret gem. Its there for everybody to find and enjoy but its not shown on any maps so bring your sense of adventure and keep an eye out for subtle signs, your love interest will be an instant convert I promise.

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