What are the most important attributes you need to become a winemaker?
The best ones, like me, are handsome, intelligent, witty and unquestionably charismatic. The others are generally just monkeys. Seriously though, the two big dangers are not taking the job seriously, and taking yourself too seriously. I try to avoid those traps.
List three things you think about during a busy vintage?
The Weather, the weather and the weather. Good weather is vital, Bad weather is not so much.
What do you do to relax?
Relax? What’s that? I very much enjoy growing grapes, making wine, eating and drinking…. I travel quite a bit to visit our customers all over the world, again involving eating and drinking. There’s not a great deal of time outside of this so I guess that’s what I do to relax.