Matt Kirby


Australian-born Matt Kirby moved across the ditch in 2015 with his young family to take up the winemaker role for Clearview Estate. A keen surfer, the lure of the Hawke's Bay coastline & sunshine was too good to pass up.  After studying marine biology & then working as a chef, Matt pursued his love of wine with study at Latrobe in Melbourne.  His first winemaking experience was his own small vineyard in the Yarra Valley producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.  After stints in numerous wine regions in Australia & around the world (China, Burgundy, Austria and the United States) Matt was offered a winemaking role at Knappstein Enterprise Winery in Clare Valley where he worked from 2012-2015.  He brings this knowledge, passion & enthusiasm to the hand-crafted wines created here at Clearview Estate.


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