Jim and Rosemari Delegat: Industry architects

02 Aug 2022

Jim and Rose Delegat, a brother and sister combination, have built one of New Zealand’s most successful wine businesses through a lifetime’s involvement in the New Zealand wine industry.

Jim and Rose Delegat

Beyond growing Delegat into one of our largest wineries, they have made an extensive contribution to the development of the wider industry. Rose was deeply involved in export marketing in the 1980s and 1990s, a pivotal time in the development of the modern New Zealand export wine industry. Rose was a member of the Wine Institute’s Export Subcommittee from 1987-1990, chair of the UK-focussed group during that time and played a pivotal role in the development of the NZ Wine Guild that led export activity in our largest market during the 1990s.

Jim has been deeply involved in industry affairs over many years. He first joined the Wine Institute Board in 1985, serving as both an alternate and full director through to 1996, the critical time period during which the industry was pivoting from a domestic to an international focus. He re-joined the Wine Institute Board in the 2000s, serving between 2005 and 2016, and served on the New Zealand Winegrowers Board from 2007 to 2016.

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

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