Dry Extract Interview: Charlie Holland of Gusborne Estate, Kent, England

Charlie Holland of Gusborne Estate, Kent, England

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Charlie Holland

Charlie Holland of Gusborne Estate, Kent, England

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Charlie Holland is chief winemaker and CEO of Gusborne Estate in Kent. A viticulture and oenology graduate of Plumpton College, England, Holland honed his winemaking skills in Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. He is the only three-time winner of the IWSC English Wine Producer of the Year. It all began with a job as a cellar hand in Australia in 2000.

The best advice I ever got

Never trust bank managers or policemen.

My life motto

Don't worry about stuff you can't control.

I am currently reading

Wilding by Isabella Tree 

My most played music track

The Number 4 by Khruangbin 

If I didn’t do my current job I would be

A chef

Skill I don’t currently possess but would like to have 

Being able to convincingly moonwalk. 

My favourite kind of exercise

Running

I relax while

Being in the fresh air/outdoors

I collect

Books

My essential newspaper/magazine

Carve Surfing Magazine

My desert-island wine

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires 1995 

I have learnt a lot from

My mother

My last meal and sip will be

Clams in butter and garlic with a white Burgundy.