New look board for Wine Marlborough

Wine Marlborough chairman Clive Jones is expected to retain his position at the first meeting of the new board on November 5.

Wine Marlborough chairman Clive Jones is expected to retain his position at the first meeting of the new board on November 5.

The Wine Marlborough board has four new members after they were voted in by wineries and grapegrowers earlier this month.

Elections for the board, which is charged with marketing and protecting Marlborough's reputation as a premium wine growing region, ended on October 1.

There were three grapegrowing candidates and four winemakers, with two from each side of the industry being voted onto the board.

Ben Ensor and Callum Linklater were voted in to represent growers, while Tom Trolove and Nick Entwistle represented winemakers.

Ensor, who studied at Lincoln University before moving into rural finance, runs the growing operation at family-owned Tyntesfield Estate in the Waihopai Valley.

He would bring a grower's perspective to the board, he said.

Linklater was the vineyard manager at Windrush Vineyard Ltd in Renwick, another family-owned growing operation which was certified organic. 

Trolove was the general manager at Framingham Wines and Entwistle was a winemaker at Wairau River Wines. 

Each year, up to four of the 11-strong Wine Marlborough board were replaced to ensure new people from the winemaking and grapegrowing sectors were elected.

The voting rules allowed one vote each from the 581 grapegrowers and one vote each from the 151 wine companies in the region, who had automatic membership in the industry body.

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The four board members who stood down were Simon Clark, deputy chairman Laurin Gane, Guy Lissaman and Ruud Maasdam.

Maasdam, owner and winemaker at Staete Landt Winery, was the longest serving board member in Wine Marlborough history, stepping aside after 15 years.

"I'm probably the 'Last of the Mohicans' as one of the last winemaking representatives from the time winemakers and grapegrowers merged into one body," he said.

The last meeting of the old board was held on October 2.

Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said it was a transitional meeting, with new and old board members present.

The first meeting of the new board would be held on November 5, when the chairman and deputy chairman positions would be confirmed.

Present chairman Clive Jones was running unopposed. 

 - The Marlborough Express


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