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The Business of Wine in NZ - 2022 and Beyond

8 February 2022 
8am PST, 11am EST, 4pm GMT

Chaired by Richard Siddle of The Buyer, this business webinar discusses the current market challenges and how New Zealand is impacted. The recovery from the Pandemic, vintage shortages and global supply chain issues will be addressed as well as looking at changing consumer trends. The discussion demonstrates why New Zealand wines are an important part of the global wine industry delivering value for customers in all channels.

The Panel

Richard Siddle


Richard Siddle
Richard is an award-winning business journalist. Former editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit he now runs his own website - The-Buyer.net - that provides a platform to share insights, trends and analysis of the premium on-trade and specialist retail sectors and connects producers with the industry's key drinks buyers. You can follow him at @richardsiddle.  For more information click here.


Erica Crawford

Erica is the founder and driving force behind Loveblock Vintners. She is an industry legend, holds a degree in Viticulture and is founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest export brands with her partner – Kim Crawford. Loveblock, with its focus on organics, represents her life values, deeply embedded in environmental practice. For more information click here

Matt Deller


Matt Deller MW
Matt is the Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer for Villa Maria.  He is responsible for the marketing and sales teams that export wine to 60 countries globally, and represents Villa Maria on the Board of Directors of Primary Collaboration New Zealand, a wholly owned foreign entity in China.  Matt is one of just 418 Masters of Wine in the world, is on the Governance Committee of the Institute of Masters of Wine, has judged in several international wine competitions and been an expert panellist and speaker at numerous conferences around the world. For more information click here

David Downs


David Downs
David is a business leader, public servant, consultant, board director, speaker - and genetically modified organism. David is currently the CEO of the New Zealand Story Group - an organisation who helps New Zealand to tell our story to the world, building the brand of Aotearoa on the global stage.  For more information click here

Rob McMillan


Rob McMillan
Rob is one of the top wine-business analysts in the United States and the author of Silicon Valley Bank’s highly regarded annual State of the Wine Industry Report. With decades of experience researching the wine business, his views are sought after and trusted by winery owners, journalists, entrepreneurs and investors.  For more information click here

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