By Lisa Riley
Published: October 12, 2020
New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) have appointed Marlborough winemaker Clive Jones as its new chairman.
Jones, who has more than 28 years of experience in the wine industry, previously served six years with the Marlborough Winegrowers board, including three years as chairman, and five years with the NZW board.
He was elected vice chair of NZW in 2018 and replaces John Clarke, who has been on the NZW board since 2006, and chair since 2018.
Jones, who has lived in Marlborough for the past 22 years at the Nautilus Estate and currently serves as winemaker / general manager, said he had “big shoes to fill” when Clarke was away.
“John has been an integral part of the New Zealand wine industry for the last 40 years, and is a positive and respected leader. During his time on the board, New Zealand’s wine industry has made great strides, and has secured a strong international reputation for premium and sustainable wines, ”he said.
With exports on track to reach $ 2 billion per year by the end of 2020, Jones added that he is very pleased with the future of New Zealand wines, but said that “the industry must continue to work together to ensure continued success”.
“I believe the New Zealand wine industry needs diversity across regions, variety and size of business to be strong. This cooperative and united approach, combined with an absolute focus on quality, has served us well in the past and must continue to ensure our success in the future. ”
Jones also welcomed “four highly respected members” of the wine industry as new representatives of the NZW board, including two women.
“This is the first time that two women have been elected to the council, with five nominated in this election. The diversity of knowledge and experience brought by the new Member-elected director ensures we have a representation that truly reflects our industry, ”he said.
The new board includes Misha Wilkinson, owner and director of Misha’s Vineyard; Emma Taylor, consultant wine expert and Tim Rose, director at Rose Ag.