Adrian Garforth MW

Date an MW: 1993
Based in: UK
Profession: Consultant

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Currently the Chairman of the Institute. A graduate in Biochemistry from Bath University, I subsequently joined Diageo as a graduate trainee working in a variety of Technical, Commercial and General Management roles. This included GM of Callitheke (founders of Aqua Libra and Purdeys soft drinks), and Wine & Business Development Director for Africa during the mid 90?s. I subsequently returned to the Diageo head office responsible for Global Brand development. In 1997, I returned to South Africa as MD of Savanha wines, and was part of the merger team that created Spier, whereupon I returned to the UK to establish their Global distribution network. In 2003, I established a European agency business specialising in South Africa (Wine Export Solutions) and a Consultancy business (Blackrock wines Ltd) specialising in sourcing, menu creation and global business development (including Eastern Europe, Russia and the Caribbean). In 2017 I became the CEO of Yealands Wine Group in New Zealand, being responsible for NZ's 5th largest producer, trading in 80 markets globally; the role involved navigating the business through a significant period of change following the sale of the business by the eponymous founder to a Marlborough based power business.