Jack Cornes

Winemaker

Hawke's Bay Winemaker, Sacred Hill, Wine has always been a part of Jack's life. At family dinners his Grandpa would always proudly say “my boy, the best wine for a rib roast is a robust French Claret” and Jack would be given a small glass. Years later he got the chance to holiday in the south of France in an old medieval village, cobble stone paths, old men playing pétanque, eating delicious cheese and old ladies drinking rosé. He was captivated by the lifestyle and history. After several years living overseas, he returned to New Zealand in 2003, moving to the Hawke's Bay to study wine making at EIT. It was an opportunity to learn from some of the most respected winemakers in the country and he quickly decided that it was his dream job. Jack and his family fell in love with the Hawke's Bay and 17 vintages later he's as excited about wine making as the day he started. Each year is unique, with the vines and wines always developing and surprising. Chardonnay is back and his favourite varietal, Syrah is a darling of many. Life as a wine maker in one of the world's premium growing regions looks pretty good.

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