New CEO for Palliser Estate in Martinborough

Richard Riddiford, founding managing director of Palliser Estate Wines is retiring after 25 years.Pip Goodwin will now ...

Richard Riddiford, founding managing director of Palliser Estate Wines is retiring after 25 years.Pip Goodwin will now take up the position as chief executive.

The founding managing director of Palliser Estate Wines is retiring after 25 years at the helm.

Richard Riddiford has been one of the success stories of the New Zealand wine industry.  

Under his stewardship, Palliser had an international focus, exporting a majority of wine since the early 1990s.

Riddiford has led industry initiatives including Toast Martinborough, the Pinot noir conferences and the Family of Twelve - a fraternity of twelve of New Zealand's artisanal wineries that promote New Zealand wine in key export markets.

He was recognised widely for his outstanding contribution to the industry and in 2000, when he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), in 2010 he was inducted into the NZ Wine Hall of Fame and last year was inducted as a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers.

Pip Goodwin will now take up the position as chief executive at the Martinborough vineyard in September.

Goodwin, who has worked at Palliser for ten years, is currently associate winemaker and marketing manager and has an accounting background.

"The challenges of the wine industry will continue but with Pip at the helm we will be well placed to handle whatever comes our way. There is an old saying that without change nothing stays the same. So onwards and upwards," Riddiford said.

Goodwin said she had big shoes to fill and she would continue to direct the focus of the small company on making the highest possible quality of wine and building its international reputation.

Her goal was to increase the profile of the wines and the value of the business.

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Riddiford had been a great mentor and she was excited at the prospect of building on Palliser's proud heritage.

 - Stuff

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