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Cellar Door Updates – 10 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask…

interior tasting room

Who is Domaine Thomson Wines? We are a tight knit team based in the Cromwell Basin of Central Otago – the prime ‘fruit bowl’ of New Zealand, growing some of the world’s best pinot noirs. We are a diverse and committed bunch – owners David and PM Hall-Jones live in Hong Kong although David was born and bred in Invercargill and PM was originally from Singapore. Claudio, who manages the Trade and Export sales, is from Brazil but was born in the US, and Simon, our Vineyard Manager, is also from Invercargill but came into the wine world via Papua New Guinea and Alexandra. Dean Shaw of the...

Meet Domaine Thomson via Organic Winegrowers NZ

It has been an exciting few months at Domaine Thomson with, at the top of the list, their Viticulturist Simon Gourley busily competing in (and winning!) both the NZ young viticulturist and young horticulturist competitions. The other big news is the design and build of their purpose built Tasting Room. OWNZ's Marketing Manager, Stephanie McIntyre, recently caught up with owner David Hall-Jones, to discuss all things Domaine Thomson.

Food and Sake Adventures in ancient Kyoto

It was a beautiful clear winter day when our Shinkansen floated into Kyoto Station. As usual, we were lined up by the door, ready to jump out when it stopped. They only stop for two minutes each stop, so we were there holding onto the suitcases, as we didn’t plan to go onto Hiroshima, the next stop. Though I have heard that Hiroshima has excellent oysters and a special, Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki, which is very good. Another time……

Cellar Door Progress – Spring Has Sprung

Spring has definitely ‘Sprung’ here in Central Otago - the blossoms are out, lambs are bouncing in the green fields and the vineyard is bursting with activity. The vines made it through bud burst without any frost damage and are looking very happy, healthy...

Grahame Sydney and Brian Turner Book Launch with Paper Plus.

Good morning everyone, from another magnificent #pinotcentral morning. Join us for an evening with Grahame Sydney and Brian Turner to celebrate the launch of their new book Landmarks on Tuesday 24 November 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Tickets include a glass of wine and Nibbles from Moreish Kitchen on arrival. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Guardians of Lake Dunstan. With connections and intertwined stories spanning over 150 years, this collaboration is one we are delighted to be co-hosting with Aimee and the Paper Plus Team. Be sure to secure your tickets today. Buy Tickets HERE JT...

Press Coverage: Simon via Allied Press

Viticulture Desperate for Workers Tuesday, 27 October 2020 By Jared Morgan Domaine-Thomson viticulturist Simon Gourley knows labour issues well, overseeing recruitment on the company’s vineyard at Pisa. It is a family-owned organic wine producer which alongside its vineyards in Central Otago also operates from Burgundy, France. In that family-owned spirit, Mr Gourley’s approach to staffing follows the same lines — to create an environment to keep people coming back. "We used to use a lot of backpackers but in the past couple of seasons we have had more students from university. "That sort...

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