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Two British MWs move to NZ

Adrian Garforth (Photo: Yealands Estate)

Yealands Wine Group (Yealands – tastings) has appointed Adrian Garforth MW to the position of Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Jason Judkins who led the company for nine years.

Garforth has previously worked for Yealands on a consultancy basis in addition to working in global wine importation and distribution, consulting to UK restaurants and developing wine education programmes. He became an MW in 1993. Garforth is currently Vice Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and will become Chairman in 2018.

David Allen (Photo: Supplied)

A second British MW, David Allen, also moved to New Zealand in January to take up the newly created position of Wine Director with *Wine-Searcher, the world’s largest wine website founded by New Zealander, Martin Brown. Wine Searcher employs around 60 people at its head office in New Lynn, Auckland.

Allen was Fine Wine Manager at Coe Vintners in the UK and has a background in wine retail and wine education. He became an MW in 2010.

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