Winemaker, Southern Hemisphere, The Flying Winemaker
Part winemaker, part adventurer – Johnson Scutt has made wine from over 11 different countries, including Spain, Italy, Hungary and Cyprus. Originally from New Zealand, Scutt grew up on his family’s winemaking estate, which ignited his passion to pursue wine. He earned his Wine Science degree and worked for several years in Australia before setting out to travel the world. This adventure included double harvests each year, flying from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere to make wine. Finally, he settled in the UK to work with European wines. In 2004, he joined WX as the Director of Sourcing, first for Europe and now for the Southern Hemisphere. Scutt is devoted to finding and delivering honest varietal expression for the best value. He currently lives in New Zealand with his wife, kids and two Catalan cats.
In New Zealand, the wines are as friendly and welcoming as their people. Because of this, it has gained amazing popularity in the last few decades. It's no surprise – the wines are clean, crisp and immensely satisfying. As one of the coolest maritime climates in the world, it experiences large temperature swings, that range from 80ºF during the day to 30ºF at night. These temperatures allow grapes to ripen slowly, developing distinct fruit notes and a vibrant, balancing acidity. The soils, which vary from cobblestone at the river’s edge to sandy loam in the valley, are well-drained and nutrient-poor. This creates a beneficial struggle for the vines, forcing them to root deeply and produce grapes that are small and concentrated in flavor.