I think every winemaker dreams of starting their own wine brand, so I'll admit I was a bit jealous when my good friends told me they had finally made the leap.
Taking inspiration from the small producers of Bordeaux, Brent Laidlaw, Peter Bristow, and Russell Walsh spurred
out on their own in 2012, creating the Gisborne Garagiste Wine Company
with the aim "to produce small quantities of wine which express the
vintage and vineyard site in a style of wine [they] enjoy".
I first met Brent, Peter, and Russell during my first vintage in New Zealand back in 2009. Along with talented head winemaker Steve Voysey (proprietor of Spade Oak Vineyard, who's wines are amazing), this was one of my favorite and most influential experiences of my career. So much so, it prompted me to return back to Gisborne for two more vintages in 2010 and 2011.
When Peter recently mentioned they wanted to create a website, I happily offered to help and design their page. So, check out Gisborne Garagiste Wine Company and if you can get your hands on some of their wine, do it! I've yet to try it out but I can be sure it's excellent as each is a talented winemaker in their own right.