Rob has over 20 years of experience. He learned his skills in both cool and warm climates, making wine from Margaret River in Australia to the Mosel Valley in Germany. At Hattingley Valley, he is responsible for leading the team of winemakers and overseeing the creation of their award-winning still and sparkling wines.
Favourite wine and food pairing?
Well, the honest answer is “it depends” – there are just so many variables, right? Whom you’re drinking with, what you’re eating, where you are etc etc. But I would say that I’ve always loved Chardonnay, so matching our Blanc de Blancs with a firm white fish like a monkfish in a simple sauce like a sorrel sauce would be perfect.
Before wine, I’d never worked with anything that was so multi-faceted, and that immediately caught my interest. Once I started to read about all the complexities in growing and making wine, I never wanted to do anything else – it took a while to make that happen, but making the stuff in the bottle was always the goal.