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Matt Gant
In 1995 I was in my final year of a Geography degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. A wine fanatical lecturer, Dr Tim Unwin, contrived a course called 'The Historical Geography of Viticulture'. It included a weekly tasting, which was a bit of a 'piss up' for most students and a great way to get Monday nights started! But the course culminated in a 2 week 'field trip' of Burgundy and Champagne with amazing tastings everyday. It was a pivotal time in my life. Inspired by this course and intrigued by the world of wine, I managed to land a vintage job in New Zealand, and set off to discover more about wine, and found an all consuming passion.

Name: Matt Gant (aka Gantos)
DOB: 31st July 1974
POB: Chelmsford, Essex, England

Winemaker and retired wanabe playboy

Winemaker @ St Hallett in the Barossa; and a 27 vintage veteran with tours of duty in Spain, Italy, Portugal, USA, New Zealand

Winemaking Philosophy:
Sensibility for tradition with a passion for innovation

Ambitions: Make booze that turns me on and enjoy the ride!

Favourite Holiday Destinations:
Walton-on-the-Naze, Lake District, Lido di Jesolo, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Collioure, Augusta, Myrtle Beach

Best Dining Experiences:
Moules et frites @ Marseillan Plage; Large rump steak (MR), mushroom sauce, chips and salad @ the Tanunda Club; Menu Decouverte @ Manoir Aux Quatr’ Saisons; Black pig @ Vila Boim; Hot wings @ the Lobethal Brewery, Salt n pepper squid @ Settlers Tavern

Top Drinking Holes: John & Zekes (Healdsburg), El Patio (Borja), TH (Tanunda),
Brasilera (Alba), Pavilhao Chines (Lisbon), Settlers Tavern (Margaret River)

Drink of Choice: G&T, vodka cran, caipirinha, good piss

Film Triple Header: Some Like it Hot, Swingers, Kelly's Heroes

Desert Island Disks:
Angels - Robbie Williams
Creep – Radiohead
Tosca – Puccini
To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before – Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
You’re Nobody til Somebody Loves You - Dean Martin
Galanthia – Corps of Drums, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards
Violin Concerto - Mendelssohn
Shining Star – Earth Wind and Fire
Night Train - Guns and Roses
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Passions (other than vino): My wife and children, racing (GG’s and Dogs), sleep deprivation, coffee, bad golf, meat pies

Favourite Quotes:
'I wake up in the morning
And I raise my weary head
Got an old coat for a pillow
And the earth was last night's bed
Don't know where I'm going
Only I knows where I've been
I'm a devil on the run
A six-gun love
r A candle in the wind'

Jon Bon Jovi

‘Improvise, adapt, overcome’
Gunny Highway (aka Clint Eastwood), Heartbreak Ridge

‘He who dares, wins, Rodney’
Derek Trotter (aka David Jason), Only Fools and Horses

‘If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same’
Rudyard Kipling, If

‘You’re nobody til somebody loves you’
Dean Martin

‘Vaya con Dios’
Johnny Utah (aka Keanu Reeves), Point Break


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