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NZAX-listed Foley Family Wines Ltd has appointed Master of Wine and former head of winemaking at Villa Maria, Alastair Maling, as its new Chief Group Winemaker / Head of Viticulture. Established in the USA in 1996, Foley Family Wines is a major producer, marketer and distributor of highly acclaimed handmade wines from some of the world’s top vineyards. Here in New Zealand, it is home to leading wineries including Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyards in Martinborough, and Marlborough’s Vavasour and Grove Mill. One of only nine New Zealand based Masters of Wine, Alastair has spent the past 11 years with Villa Maria Group in Auckland, where as GM of Winemaking and Viticulture he was also heavily involved in overall group strategy and export markets. As Chief Group Winemaker / Head of Viticulture at Foley Family Wines, Alastair will now play a key role within the senior management team, overseeing winemaking and viticulture and working closely with the executive, sales and marketing teams. Foley Family Wines NZ CEO, Mark Turnbull, says he is excited to have Alastair join the Foley family. “Over the past few years, FFW has invested heavily in its wineries, vineyards, bottling and most recently warehousing, providing a strong foundation for future growth.” “Alastair brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, not just of viticulture and winemaking but from a sales and marketing and commercial and strategic perspective.” “His addition to the senior management team will help take the business to the next level, providing the capabilities we need to move it forward.” Starting with FFW at the beginning of July, Alastair himself says he is looking forward to the challenges ahead. “I couldn't help but feel this was an opportunity to work on a group of brands with considerable potential, with a progressive company and most importantly alongside a high caliber team of winemakers whom I have admired, along with the wines they are producing.” Born and raised in Hawke’s Bay, Alastair’s winemaking career has seen him travel extensively, gaining a wealth of experience in both old and new world wine regions and an impressive range of grape varietals and international winemaking styles. In 2000, Alastair became just the sixth New Zealander to achieve a Master of Wine qualification and one of only three New Zealand winemakers to ever pass the prestigious Master of Wine Exam. Alastair’s time at Villa Maria saw him responsible for winemaking and viticulture across Esk Valley, Thornbury, Te Awa, Vidal and more. Noted by Decanter Wine magazine in 2003 as one of five young New Zealanders to watch, he has been honoured with the title of Winemaker of the Year at the Royal Easter Wine Show a total of four times, and as White Winemaker of the Year at the highly regarded International Wine Challenge in London in 2007. Aside from his viticulture and winemaking duties, Alastair has served on local industry bodies Gimblett Gravels from 2003 to 2006 and New Zealand’s Pinot Noir Conference since 2007. Harvest Report Foley Family Wines has completed its 2015 grape harvest, harvesting a total of 5,300 tonnes across the Marlborough and Martinborough wineries. This year represents a drop of 22 percent on last year’s record harvest of 6,807 tonnes and is in line with other companies. Mark Turnbull CEO said although FFW’s total yields were down, yields across the company owned Marlborough vineyards were down 16 percent which meant the company had performed relatively well. “All our winemakers are delighted with the quality of the wine vintage and are looking forward to making more great wines that people around the world love to drink". IWC Great Value Award Since January 2015 the company has received a record number of accolades with a total 35 awards including one trophy and four gold. The Great Value trophy (between £7 and £12 category) went to our 2014 Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc at this year’s International Wine Challenge, with the varietal now in the running for overall Great Value Champion Award for White Wine at the IWC awards dinner in London this July. Several successful airline tenders will also see Vavasour Pinot Noir 2012 served in Cathay Pacific Business Class and Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2014 in Etihad Business Class. Authorised for public release. For further information please contact: Mark Turnbull CEO, Foley Family Wines Limited PO Box 67, Renwick, 7243, Marlborough Tel: +64 21 714 885 Email: