Our Winemakers

Gibbston Valley Winermakers

Christopher Keys

Gibbston Valley Winemaker Christopher Keys
Christopher has been Gibbston Valley’s winemaker since 2006. His background has been artistic - with language and literature degrees; and desperate – nothing to use them for; until he ventured into winemaking, studying at Lincoln University.

From 1998 through 2006 he worked in wineries in Hawke’s Bay, the USA and France; a period notable for soaking up as much wine and wine knowledge as possible.

At Gibbston Valley, Christopher oversees the winemaking, oftentimes with a camera in hand.


Sascha Herbert

Gibbston Valley Winemaker Sascha Herbert
Originating from Australia, Sascha developed an infectious joy of toiling amongst vineyards from her father and uncle.

In the quest for the ultimate working lifestyle, she threw herself into a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) from the University of Adelaide 2001-2004. Her vast practical experience throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe has balanced these academic basics.

Being in search of the ultimate Pinot Noir Winemaking post, Sascha entered into the talent contest at Gibbston Valley Wines. Although she did not win she is exhilarated by just experiencing the daily challenges that working with CK and the GVW team brings. It helps by being ever so slightly mad!


Matt Swirtz


Matt Swirtz is the man responsible for everything at Gibbston Valley. He works hardest during harvest, digging out all the fermenters, and completes a large part deal of the cellar work in between times. He also looks after wine sales within the region, and keeps the Gibbston Valley facility roaring on all cylinders.

Matt’s broad shoulders have come from Flint, Michigan. He is fairly and squarely a kiwi now – he knows it’s illegal to throw when bowling at cricket, and only rarely does so. Cool under any amount of pressure, he appears in goal for the Southern Stampede Ice Hockey team.




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