Meet the Winemaker (Episode 109): Warwick Hawker, Pisa Range Estate
Debra meets Warwick Hawker of Pisa Range Estate, located in the Central Otago Hills of New Zealand’s South Island. Warwick tells Debra why both the mountain range and the winery are named after Pisa, and how the Pisa Range creates a unique micro-climate for New Zealand, with cold winters, warm summers and a dry climate perfect for the production of Pinot Noir.
They discuss how Pisa Range Estate’s “hands-off” winemaking philosophy is reaping such success and why it was “serendipitous” that they began growing the ever-difficult Pinot Noir grape in the first place. Debra also uncovers Warwick’s previous life as a New Zealand diplomat, and asks how life is both the same and different as before, as well as what the biggest challenges of this tree-change have been.