In 2018, Clare Valley grape growers and winemakers brought their talents together in a single association.

We have a history of resilience; to floods, bushfires, droughts and gluts – and the future will bring new challenges. And now, with a shared focus on quality, transparency and collaboration, our region is well-prepared. We are building future skills and capabilities and tackling risks head on to enable our region to reach its full potential.

OUR BOARD

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Martin Ferguson

Chair

Martin Ferguson has a long history of public service and work in economic and social policy. In December 2007, Martin was appointed the Minister for Resources and Energy and the Minister for Tourism, and acted as the Chair of the Standing Council on Resources and Energy and the Ministerial Council for Tourism. He held the Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolios until March 2013, when he resigned from the Ministry.

Martin chairs the Tourism Accommodation Australia organisations.

Martin has an honours degree in economics from Sydney University.

Peter Rogge

GRAPE GROWER BOARD MEMBER

As the Viticulture Manager at Taylors Wines, Peter oversees all aspects of the viticulture operations and supply. Prior to this, his 20 years of experience in wine and grape growing has been in Australia, New Zealand and North America, offering a wide and diverse range of challenges and opportunities. Peter is passionate about driving sustainable growth while enhancing viticultural performance through innovation and continual improvement.

Ali Paulett

WINEMAKER BOARD MEMBER

Ali has been working in the Paulett family business since 1999, taking on a more senior management role in 2010 after studying Wine Marketing & Business at Adelaide University. Her role as a Managing Director covers marketing, sales and brand expansion, as well as managing Bush Devine which is Pauletts’ Cellar Door restaurant.

Ali works on the ethos that for Pauletts to succeed the Clare Valley needs to succeed. She has been on the Winemakers promotional committee for over 10 years and is passionate about building the Clare Valley to become ‘the best’ wine, food & tourism destination in Australia.

Wayne Butcher

WINEMAKER BOARD MEMBER

For the majority of his working life, Wayne has worked in finance roles for family companies - Michell Wool, Yalumba Wines and now Pikes Wines. Wayne began at Pikes in 2012 and became General Manager in early 2020.

He looks forward to using his wine industry and general business experience to help the Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association be an effective voice in marketing the region to the world and assisting winemakers and grape growers to be leaders in their fields.

Grant Carr

GRAPE GROWER BOARD MEMBER

Grant is relatively new to the wine industry, having previously spent over 20 years in corporate roles across the UK and in South Australia. In 2018 Grant chose to pursue his passion for wine, buying a small vineyard in Leasingham which he now takes care of with his family. Grant describes himself as an ‘apprentice’ grape grower committed to the long-term success of Clare Valley wine.

Bianca Jennings

Special Board Member

Bianca is a corporate and commercial partner at national law firm Piper Alderman, with a particular focus on the food, wine and agribusiness sectors. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial advisory, corporate governance and inbound investment.

Olivia Hoffmann

WINEMAKER BOARD MEMBER

Olivia has worked as the Marketing Manager for Jim Barry Wines for the past 10 years overseeing branding, communications, packaging and promotion both domestically and overseas. She completed market immersions in the USA and UK for the winery before joining the Jim Barry team in Clare on a full time basis. In 2016, Olivia completed her Masters of Wine Business.

Alister Sandow

GRAPEGROWER BOARD MEMBER

Alister has expanded his family’s large vineyard holding near Watervale, since joining full time in 2009. His whole career has been devoted to viticulture and he has worked internationally for Constellation Wines, including three years as a grower liaison officer in the Californian regions.

Alister has been a grape grower representative on the CVWGA board since amalgamation in 2018.