We have a close-knit team with one common focus, creating outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from the old and new wine world.
David is fiercely proud of his southern roots. He grew up in Southland, and enjoyed his summer and winter holidays in the lakes and mountains of Fiordland and Central Otago. Though currently based offshore, there’s nothing that David enjoys more than a glass of wine overlooking the vines at Domaine Thomson HQ – looking around him, at mountain ranges discovered and named by “Surveyor Thomson”, his great great grandfather.
PM is passionate about wine, particularly the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from Burgundy. The effects of climate and terroir on vines intrigues her and she enjoys digging around the soils of the Domaine Thomson vineyards. Gardening is another passion, as is matching food and wine, be this Pinot Noir with tuna sushi, Pauillac with roast lamb, or Riesling with a salmon terrine. She is always on the hunt for new flavours and combinations for food and wine (including sake). She loves rummaging in the markets of Central Otago, Hong Kong, Tokyo and les Halles de Dijon.
Bursting with enthusiasm, Simon brings a surprisingly vast base of knowledge and experience, for one so young! Having completed a Bachelors in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln, Simon has worked in the industry in New Zealand, Australia, France and Papua New Guinea. He has won awards as both the Central Otago Young Viticulturist (2013 and in 2019) and Cellar Hand of the Year (2016). And in 2019, Simon became the New Zealand Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year, a huge credit to Simon and an honour for the whole team at Domaine Thomson.
With a sound and inquiring appreciation of biodynamics and a full commitment to organic living, Simon welcomes visitors to the vineyard to share in our journey.
Don’t hesitate to email Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to arrange an organic/biodynamic visit.
Our wines are created by Dean Shaw of The Central Otago Wine Company. Dean is an extremely talented character with a post graduate degree in Viticulture and Wine Science. Dean’s approach as our winemaker is a natural one. He prefers to intervene with the wine as little as possible, using wild yeasts. His ‘hands off’ approach enables the wine to reflect the character of the vineyard it comes from as faithfully as possible, and ensures individuality and excellence. Dean has made all of our New Zealand wines, starting in vintage 2003 and knows our vineyard pretty well!
Born in the USA, grew up in Brazil, went to college in Switzerland, worked in Singapore and for the last 20+ years has been living in Queenstown and working in the growing Central Otago wine industry. When not travelling the world on sales trips, trade exhibitions and tastings – and generally eating and drinking well – he enjoys spending time in the hills either skiing or on the mountain bike. This is penance for all the great eating and drinking, of course!
Kate has an immaculate track record in over 25 years in the Central Otago wine industry, beginning with planting out the vineyard blocks at Felton Road, to helping establish the Mt Difficulty cellar door and wine club. But Kate is now where she has always wanted to be – managing our Cellar Door and enjoying an office with views of flowers and vines from very window. We hope you’ll come and visit Kate to try our New Zealand and French wines. And if that isn’t enough to keep Kate busy, she also keeps us all updated on the latest goings-on at Domaine Thomson, via social media, newsletters and maybe the odd phone call. Kate would love to hear from you too.
Gerard makes our Gevrey Chambertin wines. Like PM and David, Gerard comes from a legal background. He found his way to wine through love of the vine. Gerard and Christine Quivy have their domaine based in a beautiful 18th Century home and cellars in the heart of Gevrey-Chambertin, next to the Mairie at 7, rue Gaston Roupnel. They have a number of fine vineyards including Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru and les Corbeaux 1er Cru. These wines are marketed under Domaine Quivy.
Our other French wines are produced by Armand. He is a young and talented winemaker who runs the family estate, Domaine Heitz-Lochardet, based in Chassagne-Montrachet, Burgundy. The history of the family domaine dates from 1857. In 2011, Armand completed his oenology diploma from Changins in Switzerland and took over the family domaine. The Domaine covers a large range of beautiful parcels from Beaune to Chassagne-Montrachet, and includes some famous lieu-dits such as Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens, and Meursault 1er les Perrières. The Domaine also has a monopole, Pommard 1er Clos des Poutures. Like Dean and Gerard, Armand’s philosophy is that the best wine is made in the vineyard and his approach is to let the wine and the terroir speak for itself.
Meet Theresa, our fantastic Vineyard Supervisor!
Pop off the cork and a burst of excited bubbles appears. She has a distinct American structure, but a hint of Central Otago thyme (over five years time, in fact). Having worked in hospitality for the past seven years and studied wine through both WSET & CMS, she’s hopped into the vineyard at Domaine Thomson to put all her theoretical knowledge into practice. If she’s not working in the vineyard or the cellar door, you might run into her on a jog up Ben Lomond, a bike at 7 mile, or off tramping in the bush. On top of adventuring and work, she is also studying winemaking and oenology at NMIT, and is looking forward to continuing to learn more about the industry while at Domaine Thomson.
The introduction of our new Cellar Door means the introduction of a new face to our Domaine-Thomson family! We welcome Ashlyn Monk as our Events Manager and newest Cellar Door Host. Bright and full of fervor for delectable wine, she fits seamlessly to our team of wine enthusiasts. Ashlyn boasts a decade’s experience in the hospitality and fine dining sector, specialising in Event Management over the last 5 years. Her abundant energy is utilised creating genuine rapport with her Event and Cellar Door Guests, catering to each person’s individual perception of celebrations, with food and wine being a focal point.
Email Ashlyn for her to help plan your next event or pop up and visit her at our cellar door.
Open Daily 11am-5pm.
Craig (not the rooster) Affleck
Craig moved to Cromwell with his family in 2014 after selling their Sheep and Beef farm in Waikaia, Northern Southland. With his wife George and their three children they have a 15 ha property at the top of Lake Dunstan where they have built a house and developed a cherry Orchard along with a mix of other fruit trees.
Craig started work at Domaine Thomson in 2018 after a good friend Kate said that they were looking for an experienced tractor driver and general fix it guy. He has really enjoyed his time working along side a different group of people in a great atmosphere, learning what it takes to grow quality grapes to make an exceptional wine.
He has especially enjoyed the occasional glass of red at lunch after a cold morning Pruning.
John Turnbull Thomson
Our wine venture is named after David’s great-great-grandfather, John Turnbull Thomson, known as “Surveyor Thomson”. Thomson explored and mapped Central Otago in the 1850’s, naming many prominent landforms in the region, including Mt Aspiring, Mt Earnslaw and Lindis Pass. The beautiful mountains that overlook our vineyard in Central Otago – notably the Pisa Range and the St Bathans Range were also named by Thomson.