The art of winegrowing in a Biodynamic direction is a movement with serious muscle here in New Zealand, and Francis Hutt is an absolute shining light in that regard. Having been a member of the NZ Biodynamic Association for the last decade and immersing himself in workshops held across the world on a regular basis, Hutt’s philosophy on winemaking and life is “Listen, observe, translate”. It’s a philosophy which has earned the wines he creates at Carrick in Central Otago, a swag of awards since he became the youngest chief winemaker in the district back in 2011.
Prior to that, Hutt trained in wine science at the prestigious Lincoln University before a 7-year immersion in pinot noir working at Martinborough Vineyard in Martinborough, 12 months in Burgundy followed by further vintages in Oregon, Australia and England. He oversees the winemaking at both Carrick and its sister vineyard Kennedy Point on Waiheke Island, and shares the local and international marketing responsibilities with Carrick’s owner, Steve Green
In his spare time he’s a snow-chaser and mountain bike racer…