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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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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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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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Jesse - restaurant manager

Originally from: Oregon, USA
Greatest Achievement: Oregon State snow shoveling champ 2012. 

Snowboarding, disc golf chucking, mountain trekking, top dude

Fast 5 for Jesse:

How did you come to be a GVW team member? 
Saw a job post when I was having lunch and started to wander, why in the hell am I picking strawberries in Kumeu?  Applied and interviewed 3 weeks later.  The rest is grape-juice.

What’s your favorite wine drinking position?
Drinking wine is a sacred bond between Man and Grape.  I'm quite traditional so I stick to "missionary".

What kind of hairstyle did you rock in 1995, same time as the GVW wine cave opening?
Shaved head, growing up in San Diego I was still trying to figure out who I was. At that time it was definitely Latino, checkered shirt, top button only was how I rolled.

Favourite GV wine at the moment?
My wife Gwen is always telling me to get in touch with my feminine side.... So i drink Rose.

Where were you when GV wines released their first wine to the public in 1987? 
Fresh out the womb, can't remember if I had a glass of wine in my hand or a beer helmet on my head, but it was a long time ago.

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Originally from: Auckland, New Zealand.
Greatest Achievement: 2014 Fernhill cheese rolling champion.

Wine gulping, wine slurping, wine quaffing, all round good wine chap

Follow Shaughn's Blog: throughthecellardoor.com

Fast 5 for Shaughn:

How did you come to be a GVW team member?
Several years ago I was looking for a change of vineyard scenery and wanted to try and unravel the mysteries of Pinot Noir, so I spoke to the fine folks at Gibbston Valley about their job offer, and after around 6 months of coyly travelling back and forth between the wineries of Auckland and Hawke's Bay, we finally agreed that I would drive all the way to Queenstown to work for them. After all these years, I can proudly call myself an ambassador of Pinot Noir.

Favourite GV wine at the moment?
2015 Le Dulcinee Pinot Gris, it's both subtle and sublime. Partially aged in Acacia wood instead of oak, it's Pinot Gris with a breath of fresh air.

Who is the most famous person you have ever meet?
In my industry: I have so far met 10 of New Zealand's 12 Masters of Wine and NZ's only Master Sommelier. Humbling to learn from such experienced industry professionals.
Outside my industry: For some reason I ran into now ex- Prime Minister John Key at several events over his term. Must have been at least 3 or 4 times. Fun guy, and enjoys a wine every once and a while.

What kind of hairstyle did you rock in 1995, same time as the GVW wine cave opening?
I was young so Bed-head.. or a 90's shaggy hair-do would sound about right. Soon after would come the Beatles haircut (or lack of cut as the case may be).

Favourite GV wine of all time?
Big fan of the Reserve 2010 Pinot Noir for it's raw strength and attitude. Years slide by and the Reserve does not waiver. Just keep ageing it if you have the self control. Certain honorable mentions go to the 2012 School House Pinot Noir for it's grace and elegance and the now sold out 2016 Le Maitre Riesling for somehow managing to capture the thrumming heartbeat and zest of life in a bottled format.

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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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