November 10, 2014
Lifetime Achievement Recognised
Ivan Sutherland, co-owner of Dog Point Wines in Marlborough, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the board of Wine Marlborough.
One of the early contract grape growers in the region, Ivan has been involved in the wine industry for more than 35 years.
While his career began in farm valuation and consultancy, he and his wife Margaret were quick to plant their first vineyard in 1979.
The more he learned about the industry, the more other farmers came to him for consultancy advice, as they looked to diversify. Not all his advice was centred on Marlborough. He also consulted in the Wairarapa and Waipara, and advised the Muldoon government on a developmental vineyard based in Tiki Tiki, north of Ruatoria.
In 1985 when David Hohnen was establishing Cloudy Bay, he employed Ivan as a consultant to develop the vineyards around the winery and help source growers. It was the beginning of an 18-year relationship that only ended in 2004, when Ivan and Cloudy Bay winemaker James Healy went out on their own to establish Dog Point Wines.
Over the past 35 years, Ivan has played a major role in the industry organisation, initially with the Grape Growers Association and latterly as a board member of Wine Marlborough. He retired from the board earlier this year, after decades of service at that level.
Chair of the Wine Marlborough board, Clive Jones said Ivan had played an integral part in the development of Marlborough during his 35-year involvement.
“Ivan has always been a vocal advocate for one thing in the Marlborough wine industry. And that is an uncompromising approach to quality, where the future of the region has always been and always will be, based on growing quality grapes to make quality wine.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the Saturday night’s Marlborough Wine Awards dinner. Only three members of the industry have been honoured in such a way in the past – Gerry Gregg of Pernod Ricard, Ross Lawson of Lawson’s Dry Hills and Phil Rose of Wairau River.
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