Wine Marlborough staffer returns home

New Wine Marlborough communications and marketing co-ordinator Harriet Wadworth.
MIKE WATSON/FAIRFAX NZ

New Wine Marlborough communications and marketing co-ordinator Harriet Wadworth.

Two years living in Australia was enough to convince new Wine Marlborough communications and marketing co-ordinator Harriet Wadworth it was time to return home.

The design and fashion graduate grew up in the region before heading to Sydney to hone her sales and marketing skills with Sydney-based Global Events and Marketing. 

She spotted the vacancy for the Wine Marlborough position as she was leaving Sydney, she said.

"I had already decided to move back home when I saw the advert so I applied."

Her name was among a strong field of applicants for the Wine Marlborough position which became vacant when Wadworth's predecessor Emily Hope resigned in July.

"I'm enjoying being back in Marlborough, it is so diverse and everything is more accessible," Wadworth said.

"I'm looking forward to meeting old faces again, and going to the Sounds and the lakes."

Wadworth said she was looking forward to working with the region's grapegrowers and wineries, planning events to promote the region's wine, and growing the 'Only Marlborough' brand.

"It's about appreciating what Marlborough has to offer and I hope to make the role very visible and meet lots of people involved in the wine industry here in Marlborough and also nationally," she said.

One of her first priorities was preparing for the annual Wine Marlborough board elections on October 1.

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Three of the 11 board members have so far decided to step down this year.

The voting rules allowed one vote each from the 580 grapegrowers and one vote each from the 150 wine companies in the region.

Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said it was important the election attracted good candidates.

"We want to encourage people in the industry to put their names forward, and get out and vote," he said.

The Wine Marlborough board was often influential towards decisions made at national level, he said.

 - The Marlborough Express

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