Ethos. Experience. Accolades.
A Passion For Pinot
Whilst working at Pegasus Bay I fell in love with Pinot Noir and my focus became the production of high quality wines from this variety. I have many years experience making all the classic wine varietals, but Pinot Noir drives me like few other grape varieties. I have spent years experimenting with most varieties but especially Pinot Noir to try to make the best possible wine from the grapes of each growing season.
Wine excites me like few other things. Being in touch with nature and growing plants and then grapes, which speak of the soil in which their vines grow.
The wine industry is forever evolving and changing especially with global temperature shifts, and the opportunities moving forward are endless.
Wine is a social elixir, starting with a simple nose or taste, and blossoming into a group conversation covering history, geography, philosophy and more.
I want to pass on my vast knowledge, experience and passion to younger people so that the virtues of wine are realised and maintained for future generations.
My love and passion for wine developed from about the age of 16 and has resulted in more than 20 years working in the wine industry. My career started with my first vintage working for Danny Schuster at Omihi Hills and I went on to became a winemaker at Pegasus Bay Winery, Waipara, New Zealand. I worked there for 20 years from 1993 till 2012. During this time I also worked 11 vintages in many of the great wine producing regions of the world.
To name but a few; the esteemed estates of Domaine George Roumier, Chambolle Musigny, Burgundy, Domaine Nicolas Potel, Nuits St George, Burgundy, Domaine de la Vougeraie, Primeaux Prissey, Burgundy, Chapel Down, West Sussex, England, Chehalem Winery, Oregon, USA and Villa Maria, Marlborough, NZ.
In 2011 I became the winemaker/owner of a small brand called Tongue in Groove. For the first 4 vintages I made Riesling and Pinot Noir and in 2015 I have made Chardonnay and an Orange wine. This has lead me to make Syrah in Hawkes Bay for some French investors and to do consulting work for a small vineyard in Crimea, Russia.
"In short, Lynnette is dynamic, smart, well-schooled in the craft of winegrowing, and a woman to be reckoned with in divining the paths of life… Lynnette was one of the most switched-on and devoted to fellow winemakers I have ever met. And of course her wines speak for themselves/herself.”
- Greg La Follette, Alquimista Cellars
“As one of our leading women in wine she is at the top of her game and one of the key people behind the wines at Pegasus Bay. Her journey into the world of wine and wine making is fascinating and inspiring.”
- Cameron Douglas, New Zealand Wine Heroines
“I only heard about the wines of Pegasus Bay when I was the international judge at the Air New Zealand Awards, in Auckland, in 2004. It was here that I met Lynnette Hudson, winemaker at Pegasus Bay, and in one evening’s chat, I understood why the wines of Peg Bay taste like they do, her enthusiasm and passion for wine is unrivaled.”
- Matthew Jukes: Quintessentially 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates