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Leadership in Wine #37 - Anna Krykunivsky

Anna is a British sommelier based in Queenstown. She was awarded Emerging Wine Service Professional of the Year at the Queenstown Hospitality Awards in 2019.

Leadership in Wine #36 - Thomas Moschetta

Thomas is the new cellar door manager at Kinross based in Gibbston, Central Otago. He is a dynamic and talented young leader from France.

Leadership in Wine #35 - John Szabo MS

John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the “MS” after his name in 2004. John will lead two tastings on volcanic wines at the New Zealand School of Food & Wine’s annual W&F Celebration on 27-28 July 2019.

Leadership in Wine #34 - Stuart Dudley

Stuart is the regional viticulturist for Villa Maria based in Marlborough. He is a strong young leader committed to add value to the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #33 - Andrea Martinisi

Andrea is the beverage director at The Grove and Baduzzi Restaurants in Auckland. He is considered to be one of the best sommeliers in New Zealand and one of the best in the world.

Leadership in Wine #32 - Marek Przyborek

Marek is the Head Sommelier at Skycity Auckland and 2018 New Zealand Sommelier Of The Year.

Leadership in Wine #31 - Kevin Mapson

Kevin is the managing director of Pernod Ricard New Zealand. He has 20+ years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #30 - Yang Shen

Yang is an experienced estate director with a demonstrated history of working in the wine and spirits industry. He currently manages Cloudy Bay estate in Marlborough.

Leadership in Wine #29 - Stephen Wong MW

Stephen is a successful wine educator / consultant sommelier based in Wellington who is also a Master of Wine (MW). He owns and operates The Wine Sentience specialising in hospitality training, wine education, wine lists and tastings.

Leadership in Wine #28 - Andy Crozier

Andy is the sales manager for Burn Cottage vineyard based in Central Otago. He has 19 years of valuable experience in the wine industry in UK and in NZ.

Leadership in Wine #27 - Paul Tudgay

Paul is the commercial director of Rootstock Vinhos in Brazil. Born in England, he lived for 13 years in Queenstown where he was an active and famous contributor to the local wine industry as an educator, mentor and sommelier.

Leadership in Wine #26 - Rodolphe Frerejean Taittinger

Rodolphe is the co-founder and CEO of Champagne Frerejean Frères. He has 14 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #25 - Grant Taylor

Grant is one of the best winemakers and sales people in New Zealand's wine industry. He owns and operates Valli Vineyard which has sites in both Central Otago and the Waitaki wine regions.

Leadership in Wine #24 - Janiene Bayliss

Janiene is a very successful leader who owns and operates Ata Mara Vineyard in Central Otago. She has 20 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #23 - Ben Longhurst

Ben is the National On-Premise Brand Ambassador for EuroVintage. In 2016 and 2014 he was awarded Outstanding Sales Representative at the Lewisham Awards.

Leadership in Wine #22 - Joe Wang

Joe is the managing director and co-founder of The Wine Cave, a fine wine and spirits retail store based in Auckland. He is a certified Sommelier with 20+ years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #21 - Murray Cook

Murray is a talented, young winemaker who works for Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough. He is a future leader of the New Zealand wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #20 - Pete Bartle

Pete has established himself as one of Central Otago’s most successful and respected winemakers with his no nonsense, passionate approach to winemaking.

Leadership in Wine #19 - Candice Chow

Candice is a successful Group Beverage Manager for the chain’s Rata, Madam Woo and Hawker & Roll restaurants (part of 'Go To Collection Ltd' group). She is based in Queenstown and has over 15 years of experience in Hospitality as a Sommelier.

Leadership in Wine #18 - Bob Campbell MW

Bob Campbell ONZM MW was the second New Zealander to hold the Master of Wine credential. He founded The Wine Gallery, an Auckland based wine school, in 1990 and is widely regarded as the New Zealand’s foremost wine educator.

Leadership in Wine #17 - Misha Wilkinson

Misha is one of the best ambassadors of New Zealand wines and with her husband Andy, she owns and operates Misha's VIneyard in Central Otago.

Leadership in Wine #16 - Therese Herzog

Therese is an iconic woman in the Wine industry of New Zealand. Her warm personality and deep knowledge about wine makes Therese a great mentor for many young wine professionals.

Leadership in Wine #15 - Erica Crawford

Erica is the founder and driving force behind 'Loveblock Wine'. Originally from South Africa, she is an industry legend and founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest export brands 'Kim Crawford Wine'.

Leadership in Wine #14 - Jing Song

Jing became the youngest woman – and first Chinese woman entrepreneur – to win the top award at the UK-based International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

Leadership in Wine #13 - Paolo Basso

Paolo is a high achiever and a very talented Sommelier. He won Best Sommelier of Europe (2010) and Best Sommelier of the World (2013). He is currently a wine producer, wine merchant, wine consultant and wine critic. He has 30 years of experience in Hospitality.

Leadership in Wine #12 - Claudio Heye

Claudio is a well known character in Queenstown. He worked for 15 years at Gibbston Valley Wines first as sales manager and later as director of sales & export. Since 2011, Claudio has been the General Manager of Domaine Thomson Wines, a bio-dynamic estate based in Central Otago.

Leadership in Wine #11 - James Dicey

James Dicey is a successful viticulturist based in Central Otago. He owns and manages Grape Vision, a family business established by his father Robin Dicey in 1996. James was awarded Viticulturist Of the Year in 2018 by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine.

Leadership in Wine #10 - Tessa Bird-Ritchie

Tessa was the second winner of the New Zealand Young Wine Professional Of the Year competition in 2015. She currently works as a Regional Sales Manager for Delegat based in Auckland.

Leadership in Wine #9 - Dion Wai

Dion was the winner of the New Zealand Sommelier Of the Year 2016. He works currently as sommelier at Huka Lodge in Taupo. He has 10 years experience in hospitality.

Leadership in Wine #8 - Shane Livingstone

Shane is an accomplished and talented vineyard manager with a strong focus on establishing and growing organic and bio-dynamic certified vineyards in New Zealand. He has 27 years of experience in the wine industry.

Leadership in Wine #7 - Graeme Lord

Graeme is an outstanding business leader with 16 years of experience in the wine industry. From 2014-2018, he was managing director of Delegat Group.

Leadership in Wine #6 - Andy Gladding

Andy was the winner of the New Zealand Sommelier Of the Year 2014. He currently as a National Food Service and Distribution Manager at Sabato based in Auckland.

Leadership in Wine #5- Angie Atkinson

Angie is a high achiever who has 10 years in the wine industry, and 12 years in Hospitality as a owner of two restaurants and a café. In 2019 she was awarded Outstanding Sales Representative at the Lewisham Awards.

Leadership in Wine #4 - Richard King

Richard was the winner of the New Zealand Junior Sommelier Of the Year 2016. He currently as a sommelier for a new restaurant, Chef’s Table at Hotel Lebua in Bangkok, Thailand.

Leadership in Wine #3 - Clive Weston

Clive has more than 40 years of international wine trade experience, including almost 30 years at the helm of Negociants New Zealand.

Leadership in Wine #2 - Alexis Robin

Alexis was the first winner of the New Zealand Young Wine Professional Of the Year 2014. He currently as an account manager for Delegat and is based in Dunedin.

Leadership in Wine #1 - Annie Millton

Annie Millton, one of the iconic women in the NZ wine, shares her wisdom about Leadership in Wine.

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