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Our Winemaker Jo Gear

One Block Wines - Winemaker Jo Gear

Jo started her celebrated career at Matua Valley Wines in 2001 after completing a Post-Graduate  Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University.  Over the last decade she has won more medals and trophies than she can fit in the pool room including a couple of Champion Sparkling Wine Trophies at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Jo has enjoyed great success with white wines in particular and while she would be reluctant to voice it whites are her specialty.  Spending much of her time in Marlborough means a LOT of Sauvignon Blanc and surprisingly enough that does not worry her at all.

When not scouring the country sourcing the best grapes available and making award winning wines she is mum to two girls, Issy and Emma.

Jo won the trophy for the Best Sparkling Wine at the 2016 cool climate Wine Show in Australia off the back of the 1st place Trophy Rose Trophy at the 2015 Air NZ Wine Awards.  In 2015 and 2016 she was an Associate Judge at the Royal Easter Show and Air NZ Wine Awards.   Jo won the trophy for the  top Riesling at the Diamond Jubilee Royal Easter Show 2013 in Auckland for her 2012 Crosse Riesling.  She won the 1st place Trophy at the 2012 Air NZ Wine Awards in 2012 for her Aspiring Flats Riesling.   Jo also won the Trophy for Champion Pinot Gris at the NZ International Wine Challenge for her 2013 Freeland CO Pinot Gris.