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.
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!
A relative new comer to the wine industry, Hilary has a background in journalism, business and tourism. She loves living in the land of endliss skies and when not working at the cellar door likes to bike, walk and going boating. She is also part of Connect Cromwell – a community led development.
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.
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.