Hugh Crichton


Hugh Crichton joined the Vidal Estate winemaking team in 2004 and became Winemaker in 2006.

Hugh studied viticulture and oenology in Europe and New Zealand before establishing an international career in winemaking, working 21 vintages around the world. His experience includes working vintages in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, Central Otago and Sicily, Italy. Hugh also worked several vintages at Millton Vineyards in Gisborne where his inspiration for environmentally conscious and organic winemaking and viticulture was fostered.

Hugh has developed a unique and defined style of winemaking and has firmly established himself as the Vidal Estate winemaker drawing on his vast experience in Europe to create wines that are elegant, textured and complex. Hugh has a fine appreciation for the classical, understated and balanced style many European wines offer. This approach matched with new world ingenuity and fantastic vineyards, results in wines with international acclaim.

Hugh’s passion for making exquisite Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends is evident in the numerous awards these wines have collected in recent years. Hugh and his team were proud to be awarded Winery of Year at the Hawkes Bay A & P awards in 2013.

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