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About Us

What We Do

Wine Marlborough Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Marlborough Winegrowers Association. Established in 1992, Wine Marlborough is effectively owned by the industry and is tasked with marketing and protecting Marlborough’s reputation as a premium wine growing region both domestically and internationally.

This is achieved through a variety of activities broadly categorised under the key pillars of Governance, Communication, Marketing and Advocacy.  Activities are wide and varied including; events, wine tourism, hosting of international visitors (media and wine buyers), education and information dissemination, media liaison and industry communication, seasonal labour, advocacy and emersion in the Marlborough community.

Wine Marlborough’s work towards the collective enhancement of the 141 wine companies and 534 grape growers in Marlborough. Membership is automatic for all wineries and grape growers in the region. Wine Marlborough, as the regions wine grower association, has a close working relationship with New Zealand Winegrowers who also part fund the organisation from levies collected via the Commodity Levy’s Act 1990.

Marlborough has 22,956ha of vineyard area, and represented 76.9% of the total volume of grapes harvested in New Zealand in 2016 and is the main driver of the $1.57b export industry with New Zealand’s signature grape variety, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough is also the leading producer of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay in New Zealand.

Wine Marlborough Team

Marcus Pickens

General Manager

Marcus, when not at work is rather obsessed with music, Hi-Fi and high definition audio, cricket, reading, coffee, playing sport with his kids and watching them play sports. In terms of Marlborough wine, he’s drawn to a good glass of chardonnay and is very interested in sub regional vs. regional Sauvignon Blanc wines.

Georgie Leach

Events Manager

She might be from Sydney but don’t let that fool you. Georgie comes from a poultry farming family and the country music capital of Australia. Georgie has an affinity with wine and has backed that up with more than 10 years’ experience in marketing, PR and events within the wine industry. On her days off, you’ll find her cooking, drinking wine and spending time with friends and family. Although she doesn’t discriminate amongst grape varieties, she can’t go past a glass of sparkling wine.

Harriet Wadworth

Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator

Born & bred Marlburian and very much at home on the family farm. Harriet loves getting out and about re-exploring what Marlborough has to offer, whether it be by foot, car or boat. A lover of food and chocolate and exploring the many local wines, her favourite changes depending on the meal it's with.



Nicolette travels to the office with an array of bags dressed in wonderful colourful clothes. She loves people and is very good at talking to those from near and far. She also loves Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!


Finance Administrator

Jo is a lover of animals – especially cats (she has 6), Mercedes Benz and a true locavore. Born and bred here - Jo is very passionate about Marlborough and loves showing off the regions wine, food and Sounds to her friends visiting the region. She enjoys all wines but is most partial to Marlborough Sparkling – especially Rosé.

Vance Kerslake

Advocacy Manager

Vance is originally from Wellington where he split his time between central government and the private sector. He had the good sense to marry a born and bred Marlburian and move to sunny Marlborough a few years ago. Vance loves getting into the outdoors with his young kids, supporting West Ham United and dabbling in a spot of home brewing. He enjoys all wines, especially Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Rosé and has a geeky interest in wild fermentation.

Wine Marlborough Board

We put the question to them all on why they are involved as volunteers for their regional association


Viticulturist for Terra Vitae & Villa Maria Wines

Since 2007 I have been working with both company owned and grower vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere valleys. I see it as crucial that we work together to continually improve our land, our wines and our brand. By working with Marlborough Wine Growers I want to be able to assist in this improvement and recognise the full potential that lies within the region.



General Manager Marlborough- Giesen Wines

We have some exciting challenges ahead, both in the short-term and long-term. How we navigate through these as one body will determine how successful we will be in growing Brand Marlborough. I believe we all – grape growers, winemakers, and marketers – have a role to play in ensuring we meet these challenges head-on to shape a sustainable future for our region.



Owner of Caythorpe Vineyards Limited

I am fifth generation on the family farm and the wine industry is now a major part of our business. I would like to ensure that future generations can continue to grow and share in the success of the industry that we have today.


Windrush Vineyard

I am really proud of what we produce in Marlborough as a wine industry. In my mind it is vital wine companies and growers are cohesive in our region to ensure we achieve successful outcomes. I am dedicated to representing growers on the Marlborough Winegrowers board the best way possible.


Director at Tyntesfield

I put my name forward to become more involved in an industry that I am passionate about. I want to be a part of ensuring that Marlborough wine continues to grow and add value to both growers and wineries alike.


Winery Operations Manager at Wairau River Wines

I am supremely passionate about the Marlborough wine industry. The wines we produce here are world class and we need to ensure we protect and grow this premium reputation. Sustainability and innovation are crucial to our ongoing success, as is the need to identify and develop our future industry leaders.


General Manager NZ - Accolade Wines

Marlborough is a unique place and the wines produced here a world renowned. I believe that a strong, focused, and collective regional energy is essential to further enhancing our reputation as a leading global wine region. I want to be a part of fostering this and in doing so seeing Marlborough thrive locally and shine globally.


Managing Director at Framingham Wines

I put my hand up to join the Board because I wanted to see the industry continue to prosper and grow in a sustainable way. It is too easy to sit on the side lines and criticize, much harder to get involved and make a difference and that’s what I am trying to do.


Client Relations at Ormond Nurseries Ltd Marlborough

I volunteered to join the Wine Marlborough Board because I love helping people. My job involves constant communication with grape-growers. Being able to help them first hand while providing the board with a fresh perspective from the nursery industry feels like the right thing to do.


Chief Operating Officer, Yealands Wine Group

I have been fortunate to be involved in the wine industry from a young age – having gained experience in sales, marketing, international market development and operations roles. I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the board and the continuing success of our growers, winemakers and international reputation.