Owner, Viticulturist and Winemaker Craig Gasson began his career in the wine industry in 1995, heading to Australia in search of wine industry experience and education, graduating from Roseworthy with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology. Whilst studying, Craig immersed himself in the Australian viticulture industry, working in top Australian wine regions including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Yarra Valley, gaining further insight into the wine industry, before moving to New Zealand to establish Lamont.
Lamont was initially the vision of the Mclaughlin family with Craig as senior Viticulturist. The objective was to create an iconic vineyard on a truly special site. The inaugural vintage was in 2003 and Lamont now has 15 vintages of wine created with Craig in
his 20th year in the wine industry. In 2012 Craig and wife Angela took over the ownership of Lamont, pursuing a dream to have their own wine label.
The vineyard, situated in the Bendigo sub region of Central Otago is 4.5 hectares over the 3 varietals, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling producing 1000 cases annually. The vineyard was extensively soil mapped (a first in Central Otago) to best match the vines and rootstocks to soil types which achieves better balance of growth throughout the vineyard. The vineyard has full Bio-Gro organic certification after transitioning to organics in 2009.