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Rockburn’s New General Manager

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 09 Jul, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Award-winning Cromwell vineyard has a new General Manager, following an announcement last month.

According to Rockurn, Tim Severne has significant sales and marketing management experience working with leading New Zealand companies such as Glengarry Wines, Hancocks Wine, Spirit and Beer Merchants and Marisco Vineyards. 

He most recently held the position of Global Sales Manager at the Antipodes Water Company. Antipodes Water is sold in over 15 countries.

Director of Rockburn Wines, Chris James, said: “Tim has had twenty years' experience in the New Zealand wine and hospitality industry and is well known within the on and off premise markets. We believe, with his knowledge and enthusiasm that he will continue to expand the sales and promote the Rockburn brand, so that it maintains its position as one of Central Otago's leading producers of premium wines.”

Rockburn takes its name from the rugged, rock-strewn, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago. The boutique producer has two vineyards, one on the Gibbston Back Road in the Gibbston Valley, and the other at Parkburn in the Cromwell Basin with its winemaking facility based in Ripponvale, just out of Cromwell.

Severne said that he was “proud to be leading a talented team at one of the great Central Otago wine companies. Seeing Rockburn Wines poured alongside great cuisine, and sold in premium retailers around the world will be a focus.” 

Severne began his role on June 10.

Read edition 982 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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