Winemakers: In Profile


Cherie Spriggs, Head Winemaker, Nyetimber

Cherie Spriggs

"We use exactly the same Traditional Method like they use in Champagne. However, we also have all our own vineyards and only use 100% estate owned and grown grapes, which is less common in some Champagne, we also don’t have the rigid rules of Champagne so can be free to make ‘winemaking’ choices that suit our constant pursuit of quality and perfection..."


Michael Brajkovich MW, Kumeu River

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"I would love to make wine in Burgundy, for obvious reasons. It is the home of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and its wine continues to be the benchmark and inspiration that drives us to do better things with the same varieties in Kumeu."

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Michel Fauconnet, Laurent-Perrier Cellar Master

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"Working alongside Bernard de Nonancourt, and having his trust has been the highlight of my career. But I spent 30 years as deputy to the previous cellar master, Alain Terrier, who taught me everything. The period between 1975-1985 was a happy time. There were a lot of changes in practises and evolution in our job, particularly in the technique of maceration of Pinot Noir and extracting all its aromas for our Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier. It was all very exciting."


Robert Oatley

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"I believe we already have our dream team in that we have arguably Australia’s most successful young winemaker at the helm: Larry Cherubino along with my good friend and long time wine advisor Chris Hancock providing continuity."

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Eric Kohler


I find all vintages have their own challenges. Since I work on three continents every vintage is interesting!

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Bill Blatch

Bill Blatch

"The approach to the vineyard has gone from non-assistance to total involvement, the different parcels now well mapped out, the rootstocks and varieties gradually replanted on the correct soils and the foliage and bunches now manucured all through the season."


Louis-Fabrice Latour

Louis-Fabrice Latour

"Only a few years ago did they stop calling me ‘Young Louis’!. My son Louis now has that title! People are always surprised when they meet me that we are still family owned and that I carry the name of the Company."

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Vincent Girardin


"Bernard and Jean-Marc Morey of Chassagne where I did a placement in 1977. They made me sensitive to quality. We had to go in the details. And Bernard Loiseau who was the first to trust my wines and was always promoting my Maranges with his zander in red wine sauce."

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Adrian Bridge

MTW Adrian Bridge

"I love the UK wine market - it is full of passionate people, diverse wines and is an exciting place to sell. the UK consumer is much more open to learning these days which makes it a great place to do business."

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Warwick Estate - Mike Ratcliffe

Mike Ratcliffe, Warwick Estate

"The best South African wines easily compete with the best in the world. South African winemakers just need to show a little more confidence, refuse to accept that they are playing catch-up and put their shoulders back."

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Château Suduiraut - Caroline Chevalier

Chateau Suduiraut Winemaker Caroline Chevalier

"The biggest challenge of winemaking for me is to manage a well-balanced wine which allows people to drink a glass and then to take another one because they liked it."

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Ernst Loosen

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"I’m proud that I was able to keep the winery in the family – it was a 200-year tradition. And I’m happy that I was able to persuade my younger brother, Thomas, to join me a few years later. He’s extremely well organized and has the whole production and export operation running very smoothly."

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Nicolas Potel

Nicolas Potel Maison Roche de Bellene

Nicolas is one of Burgundy’s most dynamic winemakers.  His absolute passion for his region, the vines and wines is quite simply, infectious.

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Anthony Barton

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"Wine is made to be drunk; we must therefore make a wine that is enjoyable to drink and forget about the price of my neighbours."

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