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Sophie Parker-Thomson MW

Sophie Parker-Thomson MW

Became an MW 2021

Based in New Zealand

Nationality New Zealander


Sophie is a wine producer and wine industry consultant based in Marlborough. Raised in the New Zealand wine regions of Gisborne and Central Otago, winemaking and hospitality were endemic to Sophie’s upbringing.

While gaining a law degree and admission to the bar, she felt the inevitable pull back to the wine industry, moving to Marlborough for the 2011 harvest where she met her now-husband, Matt. Together they founded their premium wine venture, Blank Canvas, in 2013, crafting small-batch wines from exceptional single vineyard sites in Marlborough, Central Otago and the Gimblett Gravels®, Hawkes Bay.

Their recently launched consultancy business, Lock, Stock & Barrel, provides comprehensive wine industry consulting services spanning vine to bottle. Sophie ordinarily travels multiple times a year to Europe for work, including for vintage.

A zealous advocate of the quality and sub-regional diversity of New Zealand and particularly Marlborough wines, Sophie has also been a New Zealand consultant to the World Atlas of Wine (8th ed.). She also enjoys writing, wine educating and judging.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Communication

Industry sector(s): Business owner, Consultant, Educator, Import/Export, Journalism, Marketing, Off trade, On trade, Project management, QA/QC, Sales, Winemaking, Wine judge

Specialisms: Acquisition of vineyards, Commercial advice on vinyard establishment, Establishment of vineyards, Sustainability, Regenerative viticulture, Winery design and construction, Sensory evaluation , Distribution, Events, Financial and commercial structures, Importation, Independent retail, Restaurant wines, Routes to market, Supplier/customer relationships, Training, Wine and health, Wine laws and regulations, Wine judging