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Wine Maker

Guillaume Thomas

Trained in France to produce fine quality wines


The Winemaker

Born and raised in the Loire Valley - France, Guillaume discovered his passion for wine through the French way of life and the French wine culture. Inspired he studied winemaking in Bordeaux and in the south of France. After working and travelling throughout different regions of France, then to Margaret River in Australia, Napa valley in the USA and the Tokaj region of Hungary, he finally arrived in NZ in 2006.

2006 he worked for Hatton Estate and also the year Guillaume met Esther, they decided to make dreams come true and bought a bare paddock on the Waimarama road in Hawkes Bay in 2010. With very productive years to follow - they built a small cottage and winery, had a baby, planted grapes, built a black house (Maison Noire in French) and in 2016 launched their new wine label Maison Noire.






To create fine hand crafted wines from vineyards that capture the essence of each grape variety. To make wine allowing the grapes to express their true character, revealing unique flavours and textures, with minimal fining and no use of copper.