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We met Francis Hutt, winemaker at Carrick Winery & Restaurant on our most recent trip to Central Otago, as part of our Lonely Planet Wine Trails Adventure in New Zealand.
Francis is a fascinating bloke to chat to and he warms up the more you get talking. And he’s seriously funny. He’s travelled well and lived a life of adventure after having initially moved down South from Hamilton citing ‘fire, babes and snow’ as the reasons for the move. Nowadays, you can find him at Carrick, doing everything under the sun with his partner-in-crime and viticulturist Cliff.
We can attest to the fact he makes bloody tasty wine and is working hard to showcase just how special this organic and biodynamic winery is around the world. And lucky for us, we got the chance to hang out with him and ask the important questions like “Who is your ultimate drinking buddy?” and more.
Carrick Wines featured in Lonely Planet’s Wine Trails Australia & New Zealand.
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