Giesen Wines has lured award-winning winemaker Nikolai St George, formerly of Matua, as its chief winemaker in Marlborough, effective January 25.
Originally from the King Country, St George has also worked at wineries in Central Otago and Waiheke Island along with roles in several international wine companies.
Marcel Giesen, owner and director of viticulture and winemaking at Giesen Wines, said the company is delighted at Nikolai’s appointment. “It’s an exciting time here at Giesen Wines; Nikolai will bring a wealth of knowledge and a true understanding of the global wine market that he has amassed over the years. His track record is impeccable and we can’t wait for him to become part of the team and help lead our next phase of development in the wine industry.”
Nikolai has won Winemaker of the Year for the past three consecutive years and is highly respected for his diversity with different wine varietals.
“It was a tough decision after seven years with Matua but it’s a fantastic opportunity to work with Giesen’s amazing vineyards and to be part of a privately owned company where decisions can be made quickly,” said St. George. “Giesen’s has done extremely well and I want to help them build on that success.”
Established in 1981, Giesen Wines is privately owned by brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel. They are seen as pioneers of the New Zealand wine industry and own 13 vineyards in the prized Wairau Valley in Marlborough. The company has built a strong brand both domestically and also on the international stage where it exports premium quality wine across the world.
The company produces a diverse portfolio of wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah across its Estate and Premium vineyards.