Wine talk with Rebecca Poynter – our final for 2021

Rebecca Poynter is looking forward to Xmas and, all going well, a warm summer spent connecting with family and friends.

She is the chief executive officer of Trinity Hill Wines in Hawke’s Bay and she is the final weekly profile on this website for 2021.

We (I) will be back with more great profiles on wine lovers and others in 2022. Wishing you all a merry everything and, more importantly, special times of connection, rest and relaxation with the loved ones in your lives over the very aptly named silly season.

To all the wineries who support this site with samples, advertising support and, in many ways most important of all, constructive feedback and positive praise, I appreciate you all more than I can say.

It’s an incredible privilege to write about wine and to be part of the journey of New Zealand’s exciting, fast developing youthful wine industry.

Merry everything.

See you in 2022.

  • The weekly wine interview on this website is usually published every Friday and is inspired by the Proust questionnaire, which originated in 1886. Find out more here.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My time as Australian inmarket manager for Villa Maria Estate, building the brand and growing sales in a region where the big guns of New Zealand wine were already established.  It was an exciting and rewarding time both personally and professionally, with lots of travel, meeting and working with great people and living in one of my favourite cities – Sydney.

What is your current state of mind?

Hopeful.  I am looking forward to Christmas and, all going well, a great Hawke’s Bay summer with plenty of family and friends visiting, especially those who have been locked in Auckland since August.  It’s been a long time to be separated from special people who are only a five hour drive or one hour flight away, something few of us ever imagined would happen.

What is your favourite part of winemaking?

I’m not a winemaker but there is nothing I love more than being part of the buzz in the vineyards and winery at harvest time.

Do you have a most treasured wine?

I most treasure interesting wines that bring back special memories of people and places, such as a bottle of Grk shared with an old friend island of Korcula in Croatia. It was a discovery  wine for both of us, and enjoyed in a wonderful local restaurant, hanging out with the chef/owner who cooked lunch over an open outdoor fire.

Where is your favourite wine region?

Hawke’s Bay… and whichever other region I am in at the time. Wine is produced in so many fantastic places.

When and where are you at your happiest?

Travelling, pretty well anywhere. The world is fascinating.  And outback Australia is one of my happiest places with its dramatic landscapes, skies with horizons so wide you can see the curvature of the earth and  that blaze with stars at night.

What do you most dislike in wine?

Industry people who talk down Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It put New Zealand on the global map.

What is your greatest fear?

Earthquakes. Which is ironic seeing I grew up I Napier.

What is your greatest extravagance?

The occasional impulse purchase, usually of something I want at the time but really don’t need.

What is your greatest regret?

Never seeing David Bowie perform live.

What talent would you most like to have?

Something showbizzy, like being a great actor or musician.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

A person who only feels they are winning when someone else is losing.

What is the trait that you most deplore in yourself?


What do you most value in your friends?

That they are incredibly interesting and so much fun. And there for the good and the bad times.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

OMG and WTF.

What is your favourite meal?

Crayfish.  Caught and cooked the same day, with a glass of Trinity Hill 125 Gimblett Chardonnay (shameless product plug).

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing what do you think it would be?

A kitset furniture designer.  Probably working for Ikea.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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