Wednesday December 10, 2014
He calls himself, “The Gardener,” but Fin Grieve is much more than that to us here at Mt. Beautiful – he’s our Vineyard Manager and he does an amazing job for us. Our vines flourish under his watchful eye. There’s a well-known saying in the wine industry, “great wine is made in the vineyard,” and Fin works closely with our Winemaker, Sam Weaver (more on Sam later) to ensure that our vineyards produce great wines, vintage after vintage.
Fin is our first full-time vineyard manager. Prior to joining us at Mt. Beautiful, Fin, a South Island native, amassed a wonderfully eclectic scope of experience while working overseas in various roles. We believe that there’s nothing Fin can’t do.
In 1991, Fin moved to Marlborough, where he began working with horticulture. This move satisfied his deeply rooted love of the land. While working hard and getting his hands dirty in Marlborough, Fin was bitten by the viticulture bug and decided to specialize in the field. He attended Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawke’s Bay, where he completed the National Certificate in Grapegrowing and Winemaking.
Since then, Fin gained strong hands-on viticultural experience, including being part of a team that developed the first high-density vineyard in Marlborough, as well as implementing new technological advances. After seven years in that role, he decided to take on a new challenge and joined our Beautiful team.
We wanted to give you a better idea of who Fin really is, so we asked him the following questions:
MB: What’s your favorite Mt. Beautiful wine?
Fin: 2011 Pinot Gris
MB: What’s your favorite food and wine pairing?
Fin: Smoked Fish and Mt. Beautiful Riesling
MB: Who would your ideal dinner party guests be?
Fin: My wife and four children, their pick of one person each (because I know that would be an interesting mix) and I would pick Keith Richards
MB: What was your first paid job?
Fin: Apprentice electrician
MB: What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Fin: Listen to music, drink wine, have a laugh
MB: Don’t leave home without…
Fin: Phone, wallet, sunglasses
MB: What’s your favorite TV show?
Fin: Breaking Bad
So, there’s Fin, our Vineyard Manager. Stay tuned for more details about our Beautiful people!