We have an incredibly talented team here at Spy Valley Wines and it's about time we share a few of their secrets. We have lured Emily home from a stint across the ditch to join our Wine-making team.
Name & Position
Emily Gaspard - Assistant Winemaker
Born, Bred & Schooled
North Shore, Auckland - Westlake Girls High School and Lincoln University
First wine industry job
Summer vineyard labourer in Central Otago for the uni holidays
First real full time job
Working as a cellar hand in Marlborough
I’ve had the chance to travel and work in different countries, but probably getting an opportunity to come back to New Zealand and work at Spy
Cat or Dog?
Definitely more a dog person
Deserted Island wine & food
Pizza and Pinot
Who would you choose as a dinner companion - dead or alive
David Bowie, but only if he rocks up in his Labyrinth costume. Or someone funny like David Mitchell.
The New Zealand wine industry needs...
More workers to keep up with the growing demand and more housing to put them all in
If you weren't working in the wine industry, what would you be doing?
Working in food science
One thing about you that people might be interested to learn?
I like all things fermented and make my own kombucha, beer and cider.
If you had the day off tomorrow what would you like to do?
I wish I could say something more interesting but probably sleep in and go for a walk along the river.
Best Kept secret?
One of my relatives was a spy
Favourite Wine & Food pairing
Pinot Noir with my Grandads herb stuffed eye fillet - it’s a Christmas Day tradition