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Tim Ritchie


Growing up in Wellington, Tim’s life was turned slightly upside down when the family decided to move to Brussels during his time in secondary school. Tim’s time in Belgium was punctuated by weekend road trips to destinations such as the Rhine, Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne. Thus began a lifelong love for wine - and Belgian beer and chocolate!

Returning to New Zealand, Tim began studying Geology, before working a vintage at St. Clair in Marlborough and discovering one really could make a life working in wine. A change in studies followed, studying Viticulture & Oenology in Marlborough and later at Lincoln.

It was while studying in Marlborough that Tim worked his first vintage for Nautilus and worked hard to keep his foot in the door, joining the winery full time as Cellar Hand in 2010. Tim has worked vintages in the Barossa Valley, Oregon and Tuscany and is, to put it mildly, quite chuffed to now be Winemaker for Nautilus.

Tim’s life is intertwined with wine, meeting his wife (also a winemaker) while in the Barossa. He enjoys brewing beer, attempts fishing, dabbles in photography, and like many in the wine industry, is rather partial to great food, fine wine and good company.

Tim Ritchie

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