Skip to content


Gordon Russell - Senior Winemaker - examining a small amount of red wine in a glass pulled from the barrel, to check the progress of the wine ageing in the dark cellar
  • Gordon Russell - Senior Winemaker - dressed in an Esk branded black top, leaning on barrel, examines the progress of white wine ageing

    Gordon Russell

    Senior Winemaker

    Gordon was appointed winemaker in 1993, and has established himself as one of New Zealand’s winemaking identities with his passionate approach to winemaking. Gordon’s interest in wine started while in Europe, and he moved back to New Zealand in the mid-1980s to join the world of wine. He aims to produce premium, carefully crafted, textural wines that are both elegant and sophisticated, his hallmark is hand-plunged red wine.