It was Colm’s brother that set him on the path to wine. While studying chemistry at university, his brother founded a vineyard establishment business and piqued Colm’s interest in the industry. From there he enrolled himself at Plumpton College, graduating in 2013.
Colm’s search for wide-spread experience has taken him all over the world: “I wanted to gain northern and southern hemisphere winemaking experiences, across the world in a variety of climates.” He began as a Cellarhand in Entre-Deux-Mers, Kent, Marlborough and Paso Robles, before working as a Cellar Supervisor in Margaret River, and Assistant Winemaker in Bordeaux. The Assistant Winemaker role became available at Henners just as Colm was thinking about moving back to the UK:
“Although I have loved travelling the world, I wanted to ‘plant some roots’ and be closer to home.”
Being part of a small team at Henners gives Colm the chance to experience every part of the winemaking journey; from being “the eyes and ears” of the vineyard, to covering all operations in the winery, and finally boxing the final product.
“I love the hustle and bustle of the vintage, where the fruits of your labour throughout the year are all worth it.”
He prides himself on ensuring only the best wine is produced, but also keeping a little aside to experiment and improve his techniques.
Colm describes himself as a classic Welshman (rugby mad!), and when he’s not in the vineyard or winery you can find him cooking, walking his dog, Poppy (who goes with him to Henners every day), or playing rugby.