Riesling and turmeric latte lover, bassist and soon to be or maybe just turned dad. James Bowskill aka Jim, viticulturist at Framingham Wines in Marlborough, is not your middle of the road viti guy but Framingham is certainly not your usual, conservative winery either.
James grows and picks the grapes and does that pretty well, having been recognised as Marlborough’s Young Viticulturist of the Year in 2011. If he’s not in the vineyard, you’ll find him playing the bass guitar in the Framingham Underground band room with the local winery band, Renwick Nudes.
Let’s find out more about him …
What do you do?
Viticulturist for Framingham Wines in Renwick, Marlborough.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Always starts with coffee. From there it could go anywhere, depending on the time of year. I try to spend as much time in the vines as I can while the weather is good, which means paperwork gets slotted into whenever the weather is dodgy.
At the moment we are finishing off pruning and getting ready for the growing season. This Spring we are replanting some of the vineyard with more Riesling, and a bit of Chardonnay, so that’s pretty exciting.
If you were a wine, what wine would you be?
Something weird and cheap. Maybe a skin-fermented Austrian Weissburgunder?
Why did you choose to become a viticulturist?
Biology, specifically plant biology was always an interest. My uncle has been a wine-guy for ages, and he put me onto the idea of looking at it as a career. Pretty stoked he did!
Wine & dine, what’s your favourite match?
Pork and Riesling all day.
Share a fact about yourself that only a few know
Founding member of the Bilderberg group. David Icke was right about the lizards.
What’s on your bucket list?
Not really a Bucket List type of guy. Pretty keen to just keep having fun times with my friends and whanau. My wife and I have our first kid due next week. Would be pretty keen not to mess the poor sod up too much.
Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?
Obviously, my super awesome wife, Libby. Although, if its Sauv blanc, she’s not great at sharing. Might have to make it a Riesling.