Speakers

Steve Green, Chair, New Zealand Winegrowers

Steve is the Principal of Carrick, a smaller, premium, export focussed, organic winery in Central Otago, which he and his wife, Barbara, established with plantings in 1994. Carrick is certified as an Organic Winery and Vineyard by BioGroNZ. His involvement in the wine industry includes a period as President of Central Otago Winegrowers and the Chairmanship of the regional promotion company, Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd.

Steve is currently Chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers and the Wine Institute of New Zealand. He is also a Director of Pacific Prime Wines Ltd, a company which imports a select range of New Zealand wines from family owned wineries. He was a C.E.O. in local government until he escaped for the ‘Good Life’.

Jeffrey Clarke, General Manager Advocacy & General Counsel, New Zealand Winegrowers

Jeffrey has spent his career advocating for his client’s interests – and was delighted to bring his expertise to NZ Winegrowers as GM Advocacy and General Counsel in 2014.  After 20 years working in top law firms in New Zealand, New York and London, managing the legal team of a major State Owned Enterprise, and representing New Zealand in Paris at International Energy Agency and the OECD, Jeffrey is now focussed on making sure growers and wineries can produce, market and sell their products competitively in NZ and around the world.

Pic Picot, Pic's Peanut Butter

Pic Picot is the Managing Director of Pic’s Peanut Butter, a simple blend of roasted peanuts and salt that in nearly 10 years has become the best selling peanut butter in New Zealand.

Pic, a legally blind peanut butter lover, with no experience in the food industry, made his first peanut butter for him and his sons enjoyment in 2007. He leased a small commercial kitchen and sold some at the Nelson Saturday market.

Construction is now underway on Pic’s third Nelson factory, ready for opening in mid-2018. Pic’s currently employs 40 people, produces around 15,000 jars a day, and exports to the US, UK, South East Asia and Australia.

Sandra Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, USA

Sandra Taylor of Washington, DC  is CEO of the consulting firm Sustainable Business International LLC, and author of The Business of Sustainable Wine.  Previously she was senior VP of CSR at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington.  

She has held several senior leadership positions, including vice president of global public affairs for Eastman Kodak Company, vice president of public affairs for the US subsidiary of Imperial Chemical Industries Plc. (UK) ; international trade counsel in the US Senate and the US Foreign Service.

Taylor graduated from Colorado Women’s College, Boston University School of Law and the Bordeaux School of Management.

Mike Walton, Owner and Founder, Michael Walton Consulting

Michael specializes in helping people understand how consumers and the market are changing business needs.

He brings to his presentations over 30 years of working with clients in grocery, liquor, media and finance.  He has worked with Accolade, Pernod Ricard, Treasury, SAB Brewing, NZ Wine, Diageo, Aldi, McDonalds, Hertz, Macquarie Bank, Nestle and multiple liquor retailers and wine companies.

Michael lectures to Masters Students in Leadership, People Management and Technology Marketing at the University of Technology Sydney.  He is also Head of Faculty for the newly created Australian Food & Grocery Council endorsed Australian Grocery Academy.

Michael loves the intersection of data and stories – technology and people, brands and choice, retail execution and growth. He is known for his ability to make complex stories simple, and to make dry data fun. When not running training programmes Michael speaks at events around the world.

Michael spent 4 years working in the New Zealand market for global business performance company Nielsen – a time he also traded in his Wallaby scarf for an All Blacks one.

Jeni Port, Journalist, Australia

Jeni Port is a Melbourne-based wine writer who, until 2016, was the longest serving wine writer on The Age newspaper. She now writes for many of Australia’s leading wine magazines and Meininger’s (Germany). She is the author/co-author of three books on wine and is a wine judge in Australia and Germany. In 2014 she was named Wine Communicator of the Year and a Legend of the Melbourne Wine and Food Festival. She is on the Advisory Board of the Australian Women In Wine Awards, and deputy-chair of the annual Australian and Chinese Wine List of the Year Awards.

Caine Thompson

General Manager for Locations, Caine has held various roles, and leadership positions in the wine industry.  Prior to Locations Caine was Managing Director for Pyramid Valley Vineyards, one of New Zealand’s elite estates, producing compelling single estate wines from locations around New Zealand. Caine lead various projects and initiatives for New Zealand winegrowers, being Chairman of Hawkes Bay winegrowers research, Technical Officer for the Gimblett Gravels Association, along with various organic, plant health and precision viticulture projects across New Zealand.  Caine and business partner Dr Hayden Lawrence, founded New Zealand’s first precision Viticulture company Spatial Solutions, providing unique GPS tools and sensors for managing variation to improve wine quality across New Zealand vineyards. Caine is a trained Viticulturist holding this role while in Hawkes Bay for Alpha Domus and Mission Estate Wineries. Caine has completed an MBA to complement his Bachelor of Science and Honours Degrees. He is highly driven and determined, which are key characteristic that have led him to achieve such accolades as New Zealand Young Viticulturist of the Year, Horticulturist of the Year and Leadership New Zealand scholar.
“Locations is one of the most compelling and disruptive wine companies in the world of wine today, and I’m honoured to be leading this venture with one of the world’s great wine minds and winemakers in Dave Phinney”.

David Allen MW, Wine Director, Wine-Searcher

David Allen joined Wine-Searcher as wine director in January 2017 having previously worked in the UK wine trade. He spent five years working as Fine Wine Manager for London Wine merchants Coe Vintners' and prior to that worked for specialist importer Top Selection and the pioneering online wine exchange Uvine, having begun his career spending 14 years working for the retailer Oddbins.

David became a Master of Wine in 2010. He has judged regularly at the International Wine Challenge and the Decanter Fine Wine awards. He is a WSET certified educator and has been involved in mentoring MW students.

Stephen Wong MW, Wine Sentience

A sommelier-turned-recent Master of Wine, Stephen is based in Wellington. As part of Wine Sentience, he manages wine lists for some of NZ's most awarded restaurants and hotels, trains hospitality staff, teaches wine to degree students at Le Cordon Bleu and writes the occasional article. He has done a short run of judging in NZ and Australia and works with NZ Winegrowers on education and masterclasses in China, Hong Kong, Australia and also locally as part of the Sommit programme. As of 2017, he coordinates the Australasian Seminar as a member of the Institute of Master of Wine Education Committee. Though primarily an educator and communicator, Stephen was also part of the volunteer group which set up Budburst, NZ's natural wine festival, and was part of the founding committee of the NZ Sommelier and Wine Professionals Association

Richard Lee, Project Marketing Manager, Lifestyle Wines Programme

Richard is Director of Intellagents, a Marketing and Innovation consultancy based in Auckland New Zealand. Having been inspired to complete a Commerce degree majoring in Marketing after working in retail wine, Richard first joined the supplier side of the wine industry as a Brand Manager with  Montana responsible for Deutz, Lindauer, and Montana Wines. To further develop his marketing skils and experience Richard joined S C Johnson as a Marketing Manager, and then Gillette NZ as Country Manager for Oral-B successfully establishing Gillette’s Oral Care business. Richard’s Gillette career took him to Australia and eventually North America as Country Manager of Oral-B Canada. On his return to New Zealand, Richard continued to work on Health and Beauty with Gillette, and then re-entered the beverage industry to work with a range of blue chip liquor brands including Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose, Jack Daniels, Kim Crawford, Sacred Hill, Pol Roger, Villa Maria, 42 Below, Pure Blonde, Appletiser, Matua, Shingle Peak, and Montana. Having witnessed the launch of Montana’s first lower alcohol wine a few decades ahead of its time, Richard has been delighted to renew his acquaintance with lighter in alcohol wines in a marketing capacity. For more information, refer: http://nz.linkedin.com/in/intellagents and http://vizualize.me/RJLee

Dr. Mark Krasnow, Independent Viticulture Consultant, Thoughtful Viticulture

Dr. Krasnow is the director of Thoughtful Viticulture Ltd. He received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 2004 and has taught and carried out research in the areas of Viticulture and Food science.

Dr. Krasnow strongly believes that wine quality is determined in the vineyard, and that flavours and textures of wines can be manipulated by careful management of the vines. He particularly specialises in irrigation and canopy management, and he believes that getting these right increases fruit quality while at the same time decreasing farming costs and chemical inputs.

Dr. Krasnow is the director of Thoughtful Viticulture Ltd. He received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in 2004 and has taught and carried out research in the areas of Viticulture and Food science.

Dr. Krasnow strongly believes that wine quality is determined in the vineyard, and that flavours and textures of wines can be manipulated by careful management of the vines. He particularly specialises in irrigation and canopy management, and he believes that getting these right increases fruit quality while at the same time decreasing farming costs and chemical inputs.

Dr. Simon Hooker, General Manager Research, New Zealand Winegrowers

As NZW General Manager, Research and Innovation, Simon heads the New Zealand Wine Industries science portfolio.  These activities are funded using a portion of the levies on grape and wine production collected from the whole of the New Zealand wine industry.  The role works closely with the NZW Research Committee, which includes industry members with direct experience in grape growing, winemaking and business.

In addition to developing and running the science-based research programme, the NZW research team ensures the effective dissemination of information, knowledge and results to the wider New Zealand wine industry. We offer our members innovative tools, techniques and best-practice guidelines via a broad range of channels.

Simon interacts constantly with a large number of the primary stakeholders of the New Zealand wine industry: growers, viticulturists, winemakers, owners/CEOs, consultants and suppliers, and others. He meet regularly with the NZW board and with the Research Committee and engages with industry stakeholders who (1) participate in research trials and (2) attend the numerous workshops and other events we provide for technical transfer purposes. 

Nick Dalgety, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Primary Industries

I live in Nelson and I am passionate about understanding and telling the regional story. I am actively involved with some exciting wine industry related projects including PGP Lifestyle Wines; Forecasting wine industry earnings; Value Chain focus on NZ wine to China and wine related adverse event analysis. I have enjoyed travelling to China, Lebanon, Israel and India in recent years with identification of opportunities for NZ Wine continuing to be part of my reason for travel.

For a number of years I have helped gauge grape grower profitability through our Vineyard Benchmarking Programme and see real benefit in this now being a collaboration with NZ Winegrowers (NZW). I look forward to sharing some learnings from our 2017 survey. 

Nick Hoskins, Viticulturist and General Manager, Vine Managers Wairarapa Ltd

After finishing an apprenticeship in horticulture with Wellington Parks and Reserves in the late seventies, Nick completed a Diploma of Horticulture in fruit production. He moved to Martinborough in the early eighties where he was involved planting some of the first vineyards. A twelve years stint as Vineyard manager for Martinborough Vineyards (1986-1998) established Nick’s credentials as a respected viticulturist in the wine industry.

Nick joined Riversun Nursery Ltd in 1998 to provide viticultural advice to clients and to establish superior sources of rootstock and scionwood for the nursery. Returning to Masterton in 2003, Nick continued to work part time for Riversun and established himself as a viticultural consultant.

In 2005, Nick set up a vineyard management company, today Vine Managers Wairarapa Ltd employ ten permanent staff and provide long term management to twelve vineyards totalling 140 hectares in the Martinborough and Gladstone regions.

While at Riversun Nick’s association and work the  on grapevine viruses with the late Dr Rod Bonfiglioli, lead to Nick fronting New Zealand Winegrowers Virus Elimination Project in 2009. Following the successful conclusion of this project in 2012 Nick has taken the same role in a seven year New Zealand Winegrowers project “Vineyard ecosystems”. 

Clive Jones, Head Winemaker, Nautilus Estate

Clive Jones joined Nautilus Estate as Winemaker in August 1998. After completing the 2017 season, he is now a 26 vintage veteran of the Marlborough wine industry. Clive originally trained as an industrial chemist before being drawn to the wine industry as a passionate wine consumer.  Armed with a degree in Chemistry and a strong analytical mind he joined Selaks Wines in Auckland just before vintage in 1992 and completed a second degree in wine science by distance education at Charles Sturt University. Clive was elected to the board of NZWG in 2015 and was part of the organising committee for PN2017.

Dr. Edwin Massey, Biosecurity Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers

Edwin joined NZW as Biosecurity Manager in March 2016 and is based in Blenheim. Previously, he worked in various roles at MPI since 2005. In 2011, Edwin took over the management of the Plant and Environment response team and held key roles in a number of horticultural sector biosecurity responses. He also took part in 2014 Glassy Wing Sharp Shooter simulation held at Bragato. Edwin is a strong believer that industry working in partnership with government can drive improved biosecurity outcomes. Edwin has a PhD in geography from the University of Auckland.

Chris Yorke, Global Marketing Director, New Zealand Winegrowers

Chris is the Global Marketing Director for NZ Winegrowers based in Auckland. His team is responsible for all the events, promotions, visits, education, information for influencers and members and partnerships to help drive the New Zealand Wine brand. Chris is married with two teenage daughters – enough said!

Alistair King, Partner - Business Advisory, Crowe Horwath

Alistair is a Partner of Crowe Horwath New Zealand’s largest provider of practical accountancy and business advisory services to the rural sector.

Based in Central Otago Alistair leads Crowe Horwath’s viticulture team nationally. Alistair is held in high regard commercially across New Zealand as a top wine industry specialist. He has worked on a number of high level assignments of industry significance and is actively involved in a number projects aimed at further improving the financial performance of the sector.

As a third generation horticulturist before embarking on a career in business advisory, Alistair has a strong understanding of the wine business from vineyard establishment through to winery systems, distribution channels, branding, business management and governance. 

Alistair has a number of Advisory Board positions within the industry, Chairmanship roles of economic development entities and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Emma Taylor, Vineyard Plants

Emma is the Nursery Viticulturist for Vineyard Plants, which is part of the Villa Maria Family based in Hawkes Bay.  Emma started work with Villa Maria Estate as a Viticulture Cadet before various roles within the company led to her becoming Company Viticulturist in 2004.  Emma held this role until she left full time employment to start her family, and now continues to work with Villa Maria on a part time basis.  In 2007 Emma took out both the Young Viticulturist of the Year and the Young Horticulturist of the Year titles. Emma has been a member of a number of industry organizations, including the New Zealand Winegrowers Research Committee (2008-2014), National co-coordinator for the Young Viticulturist of the Year (2008 – 2015) and is currently Chair of VINA (New Zealand Viticulture Industry Nursery Association).  In 2017 Emma became a member of the New Zealand Winegrowers Sustainability Committee.

Steve Green, New Zealand Winegrowers

Steve is the Principal of Carrick, a smaller, premium, export focussed, organic winery in Central Otago, which he and his wife, Barbara, established with plantings in 1994. Carrick is certified as an Organic Winery and Vineyard by BioGroNZ. His involvement in the wine industry includes a period as President of Central Otago Winegrowers and the Chairmanship of the regional promotion company, Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd. He is currently Chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers.   He was a C.E.O. in local government until he escaped for the ‘Good Life’.

Brett McClen, Brown Brothers

Brett is the Chief Viticulturist for Brown Brothers, a family owned company which has been making wine since 1889 and produces a large range of innovative, varietal wines.  Brett oversees the management of ~850 Ha of company-owned vineyards spread across 6 sites throughout Victoria and Tasmania.

Brett has an Honours degree in Agricultural Science and has spent the past 20 years working in large-scale vineyard management in highly varied climates in Australia ranging from Sunraysia to North-East Victoria to Tasmania. 

Beth Forrest, Forrest Estate

Beth, as with her parents, John and Brigid was educated at Otago University where she gained a Bachelor of Science before heading to Adelaide University where she obtained her Masters in Oenology.

After a number of years travelling the world working in the wine industry, Beth returned home to Marlborough in 2013 to spend some more time developing her local knowledge and experience before joining the family business in 2015. Beth brings with her a wealth of knowledge, vibrancy, youth and an infectious passion for winemaking.

Beth has been tasked with the challenge of continuing the innovative, cutting edge and the sometimes mad scientist theories that have made Forrest what it is today. 

Nigel Sowman, Dog Point Vineyard

Nigel has been viticulturist for Dog Point Vineyards since 2002 and has overseen the conversion of more than 250 Ha of company vineyards to fully certified organics. He currently sits on the Advisory committee for the NMIT Viticulture and Oenology programme and the Marlborough Viticulture Task Force.

Helen Masters, Ata Rangi

Helen Masters has been in charge of production at Ata Rangi for over 15 years. As well as crafting fine wines of consistent international acclaim, she is actively involved in the continual pursuit of excellence in the vineyards, and driving Ata Rangi’s ISO14001 environmental management systems and organic certification. She has a passion for Pinot Noir that knows no bounds and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the board of Pinot Noir 2017.

Dr. Jeff Bennett, Plant and Food Research

Dr Bennett joined Plant and Food Research in 2007 following roles as a viticulture lecturer and researcher for Lincoln University, and PhD research study in grapevine physiology. His early research interests focussed on the impact of vine management on the carbohydrate physiology and productivity of cool climate grapevines. His research has spanned a wide range of topics; including the effect vine management and environment on fruit maturity, Pinot noir colour development, secondary flavour and aroma compounds in Sauvignon blanc and most recently, the influence leaf to fruit ratios (canopy size) on the production of low sugar grapes and low alcohol wines

Warren Gibson, Chief Winemaker, Trinity Hill Ltd

Warren Gibson was educated at Massey University, New Zealand, and at Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia. He began his winemaking career in New Zealand in 1987, subsequently travelling the world as a Flying Winemaker, including vintages in Australia, Italy, Hungary, France and California.

Warren has just completed his 21st vintage at Trinity Hill, currently as Chief Winemaker and also heading the viticultural team.

In 1997 with partner Lorraine Leheny, they established their own brands, Bilancia plus la collina, now in its 16th vintage.

In 2015 Warren spent time as visiting Winemaker on a Walter, Carew and Richard Reynell Fellowship as guest of the University of Adelaide mentoring the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Oenology students. 

Warren has also been a regular judge at all of his country's major wine shows plus a range of wine competitions in Australia. In 2017 Warren was appointed the new Chairman of Judges for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Matt Harvey, Head of Agribusiness Centre, FMG

Matt Harvey is the Head of Agribusiness Centre at FMG. Since joining the specialist rural insurer in 2011, Matt’s held several roles. As Rural Segment Manager, Matt led the direction for FMG’s Rural Strategy. As Manager Risk Services, Matt led the development of innovative initiatives and insights to help FMG’s clients manage their risks.

Matt’s career spans a range of industries with a key focus on financial and business improvement analysis. He spent four years at the NZDF, which culminated in a deployment to Afghanistan as a civilian Finance Officer.

Matt’s recently completed his MBA at Victoria University. Outside of work and study Matt enjoys spending as much time as he can with his wife Desiree and young daughter Kiera.

Stephen Wong MW, Wine Sentience

A sommelier-turned-recent Master of Wine, Stephen is based in Wellington. As part of Wine Sentience, he manages wine lists for some of NZ's most awarded restaurants and hotels, trains hospitality staff, teaches wine to degree students at Le Cordon Bleu and writes the occasional article. He has done a short run of judging in NZ and Australia and works with NZ Winegrowers on education and masterclasses in China, Hong Kong, Australia and also locally as part of the Sommit programme. As of 2017, he coordinates the Australasian Seminar as a member of the Institute of Master of Wine Education Committee. Though primarily an educator and communicator, Stephen was also part of the volunteer group which set up Budburst, NZ's natural wine festival, and was part of the founding committee of the NZ Sommelier and Wine Professionals Association

Peter Felstead, Tax Partner, Deloittes

Peter is a tax and advisory partner for Deloitte and advises a number of clients in the horticulture and export industries. For the past three years Peter has been the sponsoring partner for the Deloitte New Zealand wine industry survey, an annual financial benchmarking publication and exercise undertaken jointly with New Zealand Winegrowers.

Will Lomax, Onguard Seismic Systems

Will is the Founder and Managing Director of Onguard, as well as a Director of partnering structural engineering firm, Structex. He has worked in the wine industry for 15 years, and his passion for the industry and its people led him to develop the Onguard system. He brings two decades of multi-disciplinary engineering expertise to customers’ projects. Will’s career encompasses global project management, solution-driven structural design and a deeply held belief in customised and bespoke engineering. As a committed professional, he challenges the technical status quo and endeavours to explore all options before choosing the best solution for his customers.

Dom Maxwell, Greystone Wines

Dom has been at Greystone, Waipara since inception which now totals 11 vintages, during which time his wines have moved into the top echelon in New Zealand. Dom has spent time making Pinot Noir in both hemispheres, helping to develop a philosophical approach to making Pinot Noir back in New Zealand. Dom’s drive has been to express the Omihi hillside upon which Greystone vineyard lives and breathes through vineyard fermentations. 

Chloe Somerset, Cable Bay

With 15 vintages under her belt, Chloe’s wealth of experience in the winery spans continents, including Canada, United States, Greece, France, Australia and New Zealand. After completing her first vintage at Sacred Hill in Hawkes Bay, Chloe embarked upon a quest to gain international experience in boutique vineyards where wine quality was inspiring, and commitment to caring for their land was paramount. In 2013, Chloe returned to New Zealand to join Cable Bay Vineyards.

As Winemaker at Cable Bay, Chloe’s passion lies in the evocative power of wine to capture a memory and to tell the story of its origin. Her approach to making wine is to nurture its true personality, revealing the complete journey from grape to glass, and boldly bottling the terroir’s thumbprint to make it distinctively expressive.

Blake Holgate, Research analyst, Rabobank

Blake Holgate is responsible for covering animal protein sectors and cross-sectoral issues (including sustainability) in New Zealand. Blake joined the bank in 2013 focusing on sustainable farm systems. In this role he has provided the bank with research and analysis on the impact that impeding environmental regulations will have on New Zealand’s agricultural sector, and assisted clients understand and plan for the changes that will be entailed. Blake grew up on a sheep and beef property in South Otago, which he now farms in partnership with his parents. He practiced as an environmental and public lawyer before studying an MBA at Otago University in 2012.

Geoff Thorpe, Managing Director, Riversun Nursery Ltd

As a teenager, Geoff found his inspiration and love of growing plants working on his father’s orchard and vineyard developments in Poverty Bay. This, and the desire to know more, led Geoff to pursue a degree in Horticultural Commerce at Lincoln University, where science became another passion. Combining these two great passions  has been the driving force behind Gisborne-based Riversun Nursery Ltd, which he founded in 1982. Geoff went on to win the Wrightson “Young Orchardist” award in 1985, which then gave him the opportunity to gather further knowledge and inspiration from Europe. Geoff returned home with new plans and procedures for plant hygiene, propagation and mechanisation.

Following a term as chairman of the New Zealand Grape Vine Improvement Group’s Certification Committee and numerous self funded research tours overseas, Geoff initiated an independent certification programme for Riversun’s production methods in 2000 – the first such programme in New Zealand. The company was also the first viticulture nursery to produce vines to meet the New Zealand Winegrowers Grafted Grapevine Standard launched in 2006, which aims to ensure that growers have access to high-health, true to type vines that are free of Grapevine Leafroll - associated Virus Type 3.

Over the last three decades, Geoff’s tireless focus on plant health and quality has propelled Riversun’s evolution from a small local business into the premium supplier of certified grafted grapevines to the New Zealand wine industry and, more recently, into plant importation and propagation for other horticultural sectors.

In 2013, Geoff set Riversun on a new journey - to become a “truly sustainable” business by 2020. In order to realise this ambitious goal, Geoff and the Riversun team are once again bringing together world class plantsmanship and leading edge science - but this time think metagenomics, molecular and micro biology hooking up with soil science, organics and bio-dynamics - plus lots, lots more.

Underpinning his forty year horticultural career is one thing - a tireless passion for excellence.    

Lisa Winthrop, Ministry for Primary Industries

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for New Zealand’s biosecurity, food safety and animal welfare systems.

As Director Market Access, Lisa is accountable for interactions with counter-part Competent Authorities regarding Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) arrangements and related technical conditions for trade in primary products and food (import and export), along with the official assurances required to support that trade. The Market Assurance directorate also acts as the focal point for reviews/audits of MPI regulatory systems and official assurance programmes by importing country Competent Authorities.

Lisa has been with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, and predecessor organisations, for over 15 years. She is currently Acting Director of Market Access 26 June – 12 September 2017 while Tim Knox is temporarily post to Beijing. Prior to this role Lisa was Manager Market Access South Asia, looking after New Zealand primary industries exports to South & Southeast Asia. Lisa was previously manager of the Forestry & Plant Sector and Programme Manager Wine & Plant Production, and has graduate & post-graduate degrees in Forestry Science. 

Stephen England-Hall, Tourism NZ

Stephen joined Tourism New Zealand as Chief Executive on 3 April 2017.

Stephen has extensive experience working as a senior executive of leading digital marketing, data and technology companies in New Zealand, United Kingdom and North America.

Stephen now leads Tourism New Zealand, the agency charged with growing the value of international visitors to New Zealand.  Stephen is a Board member of the Tourism Industry Association and The New Zealand Story.  Stephen also sits on the New Zealand Screen Production Grant and Significant Economic Benefits Verification Panel.

Benedicte Pineau, Plant and Food Research

After completing her Ph.D. at the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology in France, Bénédicte joined the Plant and Food Research’s Consumer & Product Insights team in 2009.

Passionate about the many facets of the tasting experience, Bénédicte has conducted research on diverse topics, including on the sensory effects that variation in viticultural/winemaking practices have on wine and on the concept of uniqueness in beer.

Since 2016, Bénédicte collaborates with Plant and Food Research from France, where she works as an independent Consultant. She is one of the scientists leading sensory and consumer research for the PGP Lighter Wines Research Programme.

Ollie Powrie, Villa Maria

 Ollie is in his 11th year in his role as Company Viticulturist for Villa Maria Estate. Based in Hawkes Bay, he oversees grape production nationally with a talented team of viticulturists.

Originally graduating with a degree in Ecology from Otago University, it was whilst travelling in Europe that he enrolled in the Viticulture degree course at EIT. After this he was responsible for developing a new vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels and then travelled to France for a year in the Rhone valley.

Ollie is passionate about producing New Zealand wines which reflect our great people, wonderful soils, climate and an innovative approach to growing quality grapes.

Damian Martin, Plant and Food Research

Damian Martin is leader of Plant and Food’s Viticulture and Oenology Group in Marlborough. With a PhD in Oenology and Viticultural Science from Bordeaux University his research focused on grapevine eco-physiology in particular soil moisture influences on grape and wine quality attributes.  A 14 year professional career followed which included senior management, technical and operational roles for leading New Zealand wine companies Montana, Corbans and Ara. Damian was a longstanding member of NZ Winegrowers Research Committee and returned to science in 2011. His current research investigates compositional and sensory impacts on wines from field based viticultural treatments and winemaking manipulations.

Nicky Grandorge, National Co-ordinator Young Viticulturist of the Year, New Zealand Winegrowers

Having worked her entire career in the wine industry, Nicky has gained great experience in New Zealand and overseas.  She was awarded the prestigious Vintners Cup in 2007 for coming first in the WSET diploma exams and has qualified as a WSET Certified Educator.

Her roles have included buying, selling and marketing as well as vintage cellar-hand in wineries around the world, including US, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.  Originally from the UK, she inherited her interest and passion for wine from her father who is a Master of Wine.

She currently runs the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year competition, and loves the positive environment which is helping develop our future leaders.  Nicky also helps with various projects at NZ Winegrowers.

Dr. Samantha Scarratt, Wither Hills

Sam is the Viticulturist at Wither Hills. At Wither Hills, Sam works with motivated viticulture team to ensure that all grapes are brought into the winery to meet the needs of the business. Prior to working at Wither Hills, Sam worked at Rockferry and Seresin Estate. Sam has a PhD from Lincoln University where she examined the effects of floral resources on natural enemies of leafrollers in vineyards in Marlborough. She has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from Adelaide University. Sam has been part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Research Committee for six years and sits on the Programme Technical Advisory Committee for the New Zealand Winegrowers Lighter Wines project. 

Jamie Marfell, Pernod Ricard

Born deep in the Marlborough Valley to a sheep farming family, I always knew I was destined for a career in agriculture. The modern region of Marlborough was built on livestock farming, and as locals slowly converted from stock farming to planting vines, my curiosity and passion for growing grapes started from an early age.  I joined the wine industry at a time where Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was gaining momentum, and the region was beginning to explore other varieties. This changing landscape meant that I was able to witness and be part of a transforming industry, allowing me to experience the diversification of varietal expression of different wines across different terriors within Marlborough landscape. With 28 vintages behind me, I’m still excited by future challenges. 

Tracey Marshall

Tracey Marshall is the Sustainability Manager for Pernod Ricard Winemakers New Zealand, and has worked for the organisation for the past 10 years.   She holds Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science from Lincoln University and a Diploma in Environmental Management.    Growing up in New Zealand on a sheep station, she has always worked closely with the land and made the move to the Wine Industry in 2007.   Her interests are strongly focused on biodiversity and sustainable primary production.  

Jamie Bisiar, Wine Tourism Project Coordinator, New Zealand Winegrowers

Jamie moved from the US to Auckland in 2016 to pursue a Master of Marketing degree at AUT with a focus on wine tourism. She began working with NZ Winegrowers while completing her studies and now manages wine tourism initiatives from the Auckland office.

Heath Stafford

Group Winemaker for Indevin and member of the New Zealand Winegrowers Research committee. Bachelor degree in Science from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Oenology degree at the University of Adelaide.

Glen Creasy

Glen Creasy has been lecturing at Lincoln University since 1998. Originally from New York State, his Plant Science degree at Cornell University segued into a Masters and PhD in viticulture at Oregon State University, followed by two years as a post-doc with the NSW Department of Agriculture in Australia. Glen has penned many industry articles, entries in the Oxford Companion to Wine, book chapters and co-authored the book “Grapes” with his Dad, Leroy. To keep from being too much of an academic, Glen also has a small commercial vineyard for sparkling wine production.

Fabian Yukich, Executive Director, Villa Maria Estate

Fabian’s involvement in the wine industry began at an early age working for his family winery in West Auckland. He joined Villa Maria in 1998 as project manager for the design and construction of the company’s Marlborough and Auckland wineries and has continued his tenure, now acting as Executive Director and Sustainability Champion. In addition to his work at Villa, he is on the board of the New Zealand Winegrowers, has served on the sustainability committee of the NZWG board since 2012 and is the Chair of the Sustainability Committee.  

Fabian has been driving sustainability at Villa Maria since 1998 and has been instrumental in embedding social, environmental and financial sustainability into the core of the company’s culture. Under Fabian’s management the company became the first major New Zealand wine producer to achieve CEMARS (Certified Emissions Management and Reduction Scheme) certification and BioGro Organic certification from the vineyard to the winery. 

Felicity Johnston, Global Marketing Executive, New Zealand Winegrowers

Felicity is the Global Marketing Executive for New Zealand Winegrowers, looking after the New Zealand wine brand internationally, predominantly through managing the International Education Programme. As the granddaughter of immigrant Croatian vintners, she has known and loved wine her entire life; completing a dissertation on export strategy for small to medium New Zealand wineries during postgraduate study, before being hired by Winegrowers, where she has worked for seven years. When not marketing New Zealand wine, she can be found drinking it with friends, family, a book, or her neighbour’s cat. 

Dr. David Jordan

Dr David Jordan has developed significant commercial experience in the grape and wine industry since establishing Vine to Wine to Market in 1994.

David’s original expertise is as a Viticultural Scientist. He has a Doctorate (PhD) in Viticulture from Oregon State University, USA and an honours degree in Horticultural Science from Lincoln University, New Zealand.

He was the leader of the National Viticulture research programme for Hort Research from 1989-1994 and has been involved with the grape and wine industry since 1983.

David has held many industry chair and committee positions over the years.

David was instrumental in the development of the Sustainable Viticulture Production Scheme as founding member of the working party in 1994, past chairman and ongoing committee member of the NZ Society for Viticulture and Oenology and the Grape and Wine Symposium.

Mike Trought, Principal Scientist, Plant and Food Research, Associate Professor Lincoln University

Mike Trought is a Principal scientist with Plant and Food Research at the Marlborough Research Centre in Blenheim. He is an adjunct associate professor at Lincoln University and a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers.  His research includes management of carbohydrate physiology of vines, flowering, fruit set and yield prediction and understanding the influence of soils, environment and vine management on fruit composition.

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