Dominic Pecchenino: Pioneer of grape industry research

02 Aug 2022

Dominic Pecchenino, originally from the USA, is a Marlborough based grape grower and consultant, who has served industry organisations for more than two decades, during which time he has had a particular focus on research.

Dominic Pecchenino

Dominic served on the Wine Marlborough Board for 12 years, including serving three years as Chair. Nationally, he served as a member of the NZ Grape Growers Council from 2005 to 2014, and was a Board member of New Zealand Winegrowers from 2005 to 2020.

​He chaired the Research Committee from 2006 to 2020 playing a leading role in the development of research programmes through that period. Grape Days were Dominic’s brainchild, and he along with Dr Simon Hooker got the events – which present relevant and thought-provoking research outputs as a key platform for information transfer to members – off the ground.

He also spearheaded bringing researcher Dr Mark Kristic from Australia to do research trials with him for mechanical thinning, which due to his initiative and research, is being used very successfully today.

Dominic’s commitment to an industry led research programme culminated with the foundation of Bragato Research Institute as an industry-owned and directed research entity. Dominic served on the foundation Board of Bragato Research Institute until his retirement from industry organisations in 2020.

Check out the next (October / November) issue of New Zealand Winegrower magazine for a full interview by Editor Sophie Preece. 

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