Our People

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 Hall-Jones

David Hall-Jones

Grew up in Southland and completed Arts and Law Degrees at the University of Otago. A Masters in Law at the University of Cambridge, England followed, then a two-year stint in Hong Kong turned into 30 plus years. Despite being Asia based, David plays an integral role in managing Domaine Thomson. At harvest time you will find him in the thick of it. At other times, on a remote southern river, fly rod in hand – or with a rifle, high up in the Southern Alps – either way, enjoying the best local fare along with Pinot Noir, in the long southern evenings.

PM Hall-Jones

PM Hall-Jones

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.

Simon Gourley

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.

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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 simon@domainethomsonwines.com if you’d like to arrange an organic/biodynamic visit.

Dean Shaw

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!

Claudio Heye

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!

Email: claudio@domainethomsonwines.com

Kate Barnett

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.

Email: kate@domainethomsonwines.com

Gerard Quivy

Gerard Quivy

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.

Armand Heitz

Armand Heitz

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.

JT Thomson

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.

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