Gavin Quinney

Gavin Quinney

Entrepreneur, Vineyard Owner and Former IT Sales Director

Gavin left a great job running the UK sales force of a fast-growing computer business in the late-90s, and bought Chateau Bauduc near Bordeaux, producing upmarket house wines for leading British Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein. He writes for the UK trade magazine Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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Gavin Quinney runs a 75 acre vineyard, Chateau Bauduc near Bordeaux, producing upmarket house wines for leading British chefs Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein. He also sells the vineyard’s wine direct to people at home in the UK.

A former IT Sales Director, Gavin shares the journey he has been on since he chose to leave behind all the trappings of success, living and working in London. He moved his family to France in 1999 to run a vineyard and proceeded to break all the rules of the wine trade!

Gavin is also a well-known wine writer, having been the Bordeaux critic for Harpers Wine and Spirit magazine since the 2005 vintage, and is a regular contributor to Jancis Robinson’s website and to Liv-ex, the global fine wine site. Each year Gavin tastes the new wines of the leading 500 châteaux, both from the barrel and again after bottling. He describes it as “a teeth-staining labour of love, but someone’s got to do it”.

Gavin, whose Chateau Bauduc has been the house wine at Gordon Ramsay’s and Rick Stein’s restaurants since 2000, is a passionate wine lover and entertaining speaker. He is very happy to share that passion and knowledge with guests through wine tasting sessions as part of an event activity or dinner.

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This morning we finished our rosé harvest, or rather, the last of our three Bordeaux red varieties for making rosé. I also pinged out my weekly newsletter by email, called
‘Rosé at dawn - harvest in pics’. (Do sign up for it, or DM me your email.) #bdx20

Don’t forget your @OfficialFPL squad by 11.30am this Saturday.

Hopefully the #drinkscharityfantasyleague, in support of the @drinks_trust, will be running, @bampwine @Ewbz @withringtonadam…?

The crucial thing is to have a team ready for Sat AM. If you want any pointers… #FPL

That’s rather spooky, Jane @newbordeaux. Not just because I took a similar pic yesterday, unprompted, at another Moueix property in Pomerol, with their ‘pick here but not there’ instruction tape to harvesters. This was at the ‘old’ La Fleur Petrus. (Top of pic re timing 😉)… 1/2

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