Kyle Thompson

Senior Winemaker

Having studied food science, Kyle began his working life in the dairy industry, involved in microbiology and sensory evaluation. Kyle has always been passionate about wine, but his interest in the wine industry began in earnest while living in London and working in France. After two vintages in Bordeaux, a vintage in Tuscany, and further winemaking study, Kyle returned to his homeland of New Zealand.

Having worked with a number of renowned Marlborough wineries, Kyle was excited by the opportunity to join Saint Clair at the beginning of 2006 – when the new state-of-the-art winery was being built. Kyle appreciates being part of a winemaking team that has received such consistent recognition of its winemaking success through numerous medals, awards and trophies, both internationally and domestically.

Kyle also enjoys judging at various wine shows. He is a Senior Judge at the New Zealand Wine Awards and also judges at the New World Wine Awards.

Kyle says “winemaking is my dream job. I love having the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting grapes in the world, and a multitude of varieties. I am able to combine my knowledge of old world techniques, with the freedom, innovation and cutting-edge technology that winemaking in New Zealand gives me”.