After being introduced to wine at about 7 years old a lifetime love affair began.
Jason grew up in Hawkes Bay New Zealand, enjoying cold winters playing rugby, hiking, and racing bicycles, Indian summers filled with backyard Cricket, softball, swimming, cycle racing and exploring New Zealand.
At 20 years old Jason headed to France to race in the tough amateur road racing competition. He raced for a Bordeaux based club for two seasons. After a chance tasting of a 1961 Chateau Haut Brion from Magnum, he decided wine was his future.
In 1993 he began studying winemaking in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand’s oldest wine growing region. By 1995 he was working in the industry and was Assistant Winemaker at the up and coming Sacred Hill Wines where he helped craft some of New Zealand’s most highly acclaimed Chardonnays and Syrah’s and Blended Red wines. After a 13 year stint at Sacred Hill Wines he joined Paritua in 2008 where he has continued to craft wines that respect the soil in which they are grown.
Jason’s passion is in creating wines that have a sense of place that respect the varietal nature and the terroir in which the vine is grown.
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