Meet the team behind Trinity Hill

A hospitality background and marketing qualifications eventually led Rebecca into the wine industry.

With over 25 years’ experience she has held roles in all areas of export, sales and marketing management, for several premium New Zealand and Australian wineries, including having been the Australian based regional manager for Australia and Asia for Villa Maria Estate, and managing export relationships in all other key markets for Australian and New Zealand wineries.

Prior to moving back to Hawke’s Bay, where she grew up, Rebecca spent 10 years managing wineries in the Hunter Valley, Coonawarra and Central Otago.  She is excited to be part of the next era for Trinity Hill, a winery she has always recognised as one of New Zealand’s icons.

Rebecca Poynter

If Rebecca was a wine, she would be a Sauvignon Blanc, because like NZ Savvy, the wine industry has taken her to many corners of the world.

Warren Gibson

Chief Winemaker
If Warren was a wine, he would be a Barolo - Ideally requiring years of aging to show its best. Great with white truffles… isn’t everything!

Warren was educated at Massey University, New Zealand, and at Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia. He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1987, subsequently travelling the world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California.

In 1997, Warren returned to New Zealand to take up the role of Chief Winemaker at Trinity Hill. The vintages he has produced since arriving at Trinity Hill have earned him 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 Hawke’s Bay Wine Show in 2006.

​​​​​Simon’s winemaking career has seen him work for wineries in Bordeaux, Gers, Oregon, Napa Valley, Chile, and Margaret River in addition to making wines in all the key winegrowing regions of New Zealand.​​​​​​​​
In his current role as an Operations Winemaker at Trinity Hill winery, Simon enjoys the challenges and vast possibilities of producing a range of varietal wines from New Zealand’s premium winegrowing region of Hawkes Bay.​​​​​​​​

“It is great to work closely with the viticulture and winemaking team to ensure our wines express their unique sense of place.”​​​​​​

Simon Fell

Operations Winemaker
If Si was a wine, he would be a Chardonnay – because he is lean and racy, but on rare occasions (Christmas and Birthdays) a little fat and flabby 😉

Alan Young

Finance Manager
If Alan was a wine, he would be anything off the Gimblett Gravels because shredding the gravel is one of his preferred styles of bike riding. Gravel is perfect for Grapes and bikes!

Alan has been working within the wine industry for 3 years and is Trinity Hill Wines Ltd Finance Manager. 

Alan has been a Chartered Accountant since 1998. He has spent time working in various industries in Wellington and London before joining the dairy industry in Manawatu working for various companies including Mainland Products, a subsidiary within the Fonterra group. He then moved onto Hawke’s Bay where he worked in senior finance roles within the packaging industry.  

Alan has vast financial experience within manufacturing businesses focusing on major business growth, cost improvement and capital projects.​​​​​​​​

Lucy studied Marketing & Art History at the University of Canterbury before going on to work in Art Public Relations in New York, USA. 

After returning to New Zealand, Lucy worked in fashion marketing for fashion and lifestyle PR company, Showroom 22.

Having spent a lot of time on the other side of brand & wine partnerships, Lucy was thrilled to move in-house as the Marketing & Digital Manager at Trinity Hill in 2021 after moving to Hawke’s Bay.

Lucy Whyte

Marketing and Digital Manager
If Lucy was a wine, she would be a Chardonnay - enjoys both celebratory occasions and quiet nights at home.

Anna Young

Assistant Winemaker
If Anna was a wine, she would be a Riesling – a splash of sweetness with some cutting acidity!

Anna Jeffries

Direct to Consumer and Brand Executive
If Anna was a wine, she would be a Port - exuding a harmonious balance between strength and sweetness, with a hint of resilience and never says no to dessert or wine.

Sebastian Hanse

Winery Operations Manager
If Seb was a wine, he would be a Chardonnay, flinty with a hint of positive reduction!

Joy Dougan

Logistics Manager
If Joy was a wine, she would be a Tempranillo - she's an organiser and always say yes to dessert!

Rachael Thomson

Sales and Administration Assistant
If Rachael was a wine, she would be a Rosé - equal parts sweetness and acidity, and loves the warmer weather of spring and summer.

Chris Telford

Cellar Door Manager
If Chris was a wine, he'd be an Amarone (a rich and flavoursome Italian red wine). When young, it is full of vim and vigour reminiscent of a young priest preaching fire and brimstone. That same wine with age is like a more mature priest sitting in a leather armchair smoking a cigar with a glass of wine.

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