Home' Hospitality Business : HB MAR 2018 Contents Villa Maria Estate has appointed Abe Salt as its
new Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Sir
George Fistonich. Sir Fistonich, who has been at
the helm of the company for more than 55 years,
will continue to have a hands-on role as Founder
“Due to Villa Maria’s success as a major player
globally, my ambassador role has become extremely
time consuming,” says Sir Fistonich. “As the CEO,
Abe will be able to manage the important day to day operations and
strategic priorities for the company. This will allow me to concentrate on
my global brand ambassadorial role and drive other large projects such
as the development of our new winery and retail centre in Hawke's Bay.”
Salt joins Villa Maria with 15 years’ experience across the wine
industry, investment banking and strategic advisory. He will commence
as CEO this month.
The Brewers Association of New Zealand has
appointed Dylan Firth as its Executive Director,
based in Wellington.
Firth joins the Brewers Association after four
years with Hospitality New Zealand, most recently as
Advocacy and Policy Manager.
Firth says he is excited about the opportunity to
make a meaningful contribution to the industry.
“The brewing industry has changed rapidly in
the past decade. I’m committed to providing the Brewers Association
members and wider industry with strategic support to help it grow and
develop into the future,” he says.
The Brewers Association of New Zealand was established in October
2017 as a stand-alone entity, having separated from the Australian
North Canterbury vineyard Greystone has announced
the release of its newest Chardonnay. Greystone
Chardonnay 2016 was aged in French Oak barriques
for several months to produce a full-bodied, buttery
Chardonnay full of energy and freshness.
“Complex, familiar and enticing bouquet of
Chardonnay with a creamy textured bouquet of
yellow fleshed fruits, vanilla, oak spices, yoghurt
and wild flowers,” says Cameron Douglas MS, who
awarded the wine 96 points.
Greystone General Manager Nik Mavromatis
says 2016 was a near perfect vintage in Waipara.
“[It was] quite dry, which led to slower vine
development but this also lead to great flavours.
“We handpick all our organically managed
grapes and then we gently bag press the
Mendoza clone and foot crush the clone
b95 so that we get phenolic balance in the
wine. All wild fermented, aged in barriques
without any racking and estate bottled
“This vintage has brought us a wine
that is a little more open and giving in
its youth, suppleness on the palate and
that signature lime zest and peach on the
finish,” says Mavromatis.
Greystone Chardonnay 2016 is available
now, RRP $38.00. For more information, visit
New Zealand’s first gin festival
coming to Christchurch
New Zealand’s first and only premium gin festival, Gindulgence, is
taking place in Christchurch this month.
Established by Christchurch’s Curiosity Gin, in partnership with
The Ilam Homestead, Gindulgence will feature New Zealand’s top
gin producers, including Curiosity Gin, Rogue Society, Sacred Spring,
Juno, Hidden World, Karven and Lighthouse.
The gin will be complemented by some of Christchurch’s best food
trucks, live music and the opportunity to attend gin, cocktail and tonic
masterclasses in the onsite Gin Theatre.
“New Zealand is known around the world for our wine and increasingly
for our great craft beers. There is now also a burgeoning craft gin scene,
and New Zealand craft gin is beginning to get recognised internationally
as well,” says Curiosity Gin part-owner, Antony Michalik. “Our gins are
a real reflection of the taste of New Zealand. Taking our inspiration from
the land and utilising local ingredients such as Manuka, a wide variety
of other native botanicals, plus our pure artesian water gives us an edge
and the ability to produce high quality unique products. Gindulgence is a
fantastic opportunity to get gin lovers together to enjoy and showcase the
best of New Zealand gins,” he says.
Gindulgence will take place on 24 March at the Ilam Homestead,
Christchurch. Gates open from 12pm. Tickets cost $35.00 and include
a festival glass, tastings of all gins, plus access to the Gin Theatre.
For more information, visit www.gindulgence.co.nz
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