The vineyards of New Zealand have a new chairman

The vineyards of New Zealand have a new chairman

The trade body for New Zealand's wine industry has confirmed a change of chairman.

New Zealand Winegrowers said earlier today (29 October) that Steve Green will move up from his current position of deputy chair to the position. He will be replaced as deputy chair by John Clarke.

Former chairman Stuart Smith is stepping down after six years in the post.

The owner of Central Otago winery Carrick, Green has previously served as chairman of Central Otago Winegrowers and has been on New Zealand Winegrowers' board since 2005. Clarke, meanwhile, is a former mayor of Gisborne, and has served for ten years as the chair of Gisborne Winegrowers. He joined New Zealand Winegrowers' board in 2006.

“The sector has been through tough times in the last few years, but we are definitely seeing signs of improvement,” said Green. “Our intentional reputation remains strong and this is a good base from which to begin the next phase of our evolution.

“A key success factor for us will be for all parts of the industry … to continue to work together through New Zealand Winegrowers in the interests of the New Zealand wine category and the sector as a whole.”