Friday, 25 September 2015 06:22

Young Guns - Timothy Ovenden

Written by 
Timothy Ovenden. Timothy Ovenden.

Timothy Ovenden, age 31, is an assistant winemaker at Milton's Vineyards & Winery in Gisborne.

How long have you here?

Four and a half years

What brought you to Gisborne? 

My wife and I were both born and raised on the East Coast, this place is a part of who we are, the culture and the climate were how we wanted to raise our kids.

Where have you travelled in wine to get here?

My three beautiful daughters have taken priority over travel so far, but I am looking toward Burgundy or Oregon in future.   

What do you enjoy most about your job?  

The chance to create amazing wines from beautifully nurtured biodynamic fruit. Working with inspiring and creative people. Also the food during vintage is incredible. 

What do you enjoy most about Gisborne?   

The beaches here are stunning, and enjoying them with great food, and wine, amazing whanau and friends is what life is all about

When you’re not making wine or growing grapes?

Raising my girls, playing trumpet in a local funk band and cooking for my wife and friends.

It sucks when….    

The beautiful friends you work with over vintage depart for greener pastures, their mothers cooking or northern vintages.  It sucks but I know I’ll see them again soon.

Your favourite wine? 

I’m not sure if I have a favourite wine yet, but Millton’s Libiamo is fantastic, the food/wine combinations with natural wines are a revelation.

Which wine region excites you most right now?  

Gisborne, I know it’s cliché and a bit bias, but the potential here for exploring new varietals, philosophy, and techniques is exciting.     

Future aspirations?

I’m loving what I’m doing, any-thing beyond this is a bonus. 

More like this

More funds for Gisborne erosion control

In order to treat more erodible land in the Gisborne district, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will implement two new improvements to the Erosion Control Funding Programme (ECFP) in the coming months.

'Over my dead body'

Doug Bell spent the last 32 years vowing he would never plant Sauvignon Blanc.

A weekend of wine and food

Gisborne's rebranded Weekend of Wine and Food at Labour Weekend was a brilliant success for the wineries that were fortunate to have regular bus services but disappointing for those who did not, participants say.

Young winemakers

2015 saw the first ever Young Winemaker of the Year competition held in New Zealand.

» Latest Print Issues Online

Editorial

Perfect pivots — Editorial

Perfect pivots — Editorial

Misha Wilkinson’s description of “pirouetting” through Covid-19 seems apt, given the industry’s need to stay on its toes throughout this…

Save our soils — Editorial

Save our soils — Editorial

There’s been something of a makeover in New Zealand vineyards in recent years, as the clean-cut look of sprayed rows…

Popular Reads