Charles Banks has been co-owner of Trinity Hill since December 2014.
After many years as an avid wine consumer and collector, Charles Banks made his official entrance into the wine industry in 2000 by purchasing a former cattle ranch in Santa Barbara County and planting vines on the property. The vineyard and its wines became Jonata: a well-respected Central California winery.
In 2006, Charles and a partner bought Screaming Eagle, California’s “cult Cabernet,” known for its 100-point scores and years-long waiting list. As Managing Partner, Charles oversaw the replanting of the vineyard and the design and construction of a new winery alongside Andy Erickson.
Between the spring of 2009 and the fall of 2010, Charles left his positions as Managing Partner at Screaming Eagle and Jonata to focus on new ventures, including Terroir Selections, which would allow him to become involved in multiple passions within the wine world.
He is also Senior Executive Editor of Fine Wine Magazines, which has a global readership of over 2,000,000.
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John HancockJohn is Founding Winemaker and an owner of Trinity Hill. He is one of the most charismatic personalities in the New Zealand Wine Industry with more than 35 years of experience in New Zealand, Australia and France, He graduated from the noteable Roseworthy College in South Australia in 1973.
As founding winemaker for one of New Zealand’s early wine successes, Morton Estate, John produced a number of award-winning wines, including the best Chardonnay in the World at the 1997 Wine Magazine’s International Wine Challenge.
His subsequent experience working with top wine houses in the Rhone and Burgundy, has been a touchstone of wine styles to come from Trinity Hill; respect for the old, tempered with belief in the new. His vintages at Tain L'Hermitage in the Rhone with the late Gerard Jaboulet were the genesis of the now iconic Trinity Hill Homage Syrah. Read the Homage Story
John continues to be the "face" of Trinity Hill as he travels around the globe and New Zealand promoting Trinity Hill wines and the wines of Hawkes Bay and New Zealand in general. He is a senior wine judge in wine shows throughout New Zealand.
Warren GibsonWarren was educated at Massey University, New Zealand, and at Roseworthy College, South Australia. (He is still a proud enough Kiwi to outwardly follow the NZ cricket team!) He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1986 with John at Morton Estate, subsequently travelling the world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California. It was there that a Chardonnay he made was awarded white wine of the year at the 1997 International Wine Challenge.
When Trinity Hill was established in 1997, Warren rejoined John to work along side him. The vintages he has produced since then leave no doubt that he has truly earned the accolades of New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, from Winestate Magazine in 2005, and Winemaker of the Year Winemaker Award at the Mercedes Benz Hawkes Bay Wine Show in 2006.
Warren also manages Trinty Hill’s viticultural team and vineyards. His oversight has led to ongoing improvements and growth in our vineyards to support his aspirations in the winery.
Since 1998, Warren has been a regular judge at all of his country’s major wine shows including being a regular “Cuisine” magazine panellist. He was an international guest judge of the National Wine Show of Australia (Canberra) in 2010.
Michael joined Trinity Hill in June 2012 as the Chief
Executive Officer. He joined after spending close to 10 years with Craggy Range
Winery where he held a number of roles including National Sales Manager,
European Market Director based in London and finally the Global Marketing
Manager based at the winery in Hawkes Bay. Originally trained at Lincoln
University in Winemaking and Viticulture, Michael travelled for a number of
years working vintages in various winemaking regions including the Napa Valley,
Stellenbosch, Barossa Valley, Oregon and Calatayud in Spain.
Following on from his time in the winery, Michael had a role in the Fine Wine departments of Christies Auction House in London and Los Angeles where he experienced the iconic wines of the world. Michael holds the WSET Diploma and passed his MW exams in 2009 with only the dissertation to complete.
Damian has been the Assistant Winemaker since 2008. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, he has accumulated significant industry experience over 16+ years, initially in public relations and marketing in Australia and more recently in winemaking in New Zealand.
Judging experience includes Sydney Royal Wine Show, the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, New Zealand International Wine Awards and Hawkes Bay A&P Wine Awards.