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Te Kairanga Appoints John Kavanagh as Chief Winemaker


Date: 03/29/12

Foley Family Wines NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of John Kavanagh as Chief Winemaker for Te Kairanga. John will assume the position after completing the 2012 vintage as winemaker at Neudorf Vineyards in Nelson.

John’s appointment is a significant step in the evolution of Te Kairanga under new owner Bill Foley. “Te Kairanga is considered one of New Zealand’s leading producers,” said Bill Foley. “We hired John to enhance the quality of our wines and expand our reputation as a world-class producer of Pinot Noir.”

Under John’s direction, Neudorf achieved high international acclaim over the past years including being featured on the cover of Decanter Magazine last year. “I see a great opportunity in coming to Te Kairanga to follow my early dream of making great Pinot Noir in Marlborough,” said John. “Te Kairanga holds excellent parcels of Martinborough terrace vines. I look forward to showing the world what we can do with them”

Established more than 20 years ago, Te Kairanga (TK) is one of Martinborough's oldest wineries. Its vineyards are located on land once owned by the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin, in the late 1800s.

About Foley Family Wines
Foley Family Wines was established by Bill Foley in 1996 with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Since then, Foley Family Wines has grown to become a major producer, marketer and distributor of highly-acclaimed, handmade wines from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Every brand in the company’s portfolio is distinct and autonomous with its own identity, style, techniques and personnel. Foley Family Wines owns the following properties: Foley Estates (Santa Rita Hills, CA), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang, CA), Merus (Napa Valley, CA), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County, CA), Sebastiani (Sonoma County, CA), Kuleto (Napa Valley, CA), Altvs (Napa, CA), Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, WA), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley, CA), Eos (Paso Robles, CA), Vavasour (Marlborough, New Zealand), Clifford Bay (Marlborough, New Zealand). Bill Foley is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity National Inc and Executive Chairman of Fidelity National Information Services. Both are Fortune 500 companies.

Job Function: Winemaking

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