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.

David Travers

GRAPEGROWER BOARD MEMBER

David is a fifth generation farmer. He is the Chairman of Scope Global and a director of the Wine Grape Council of SA. He spent five years as the State Government’s Deputy Agent General (London) and was previously the Deputy Premier’s chief of staff and editor of Stock Journal.

Warrick Duthy

WINEMAKER BOARD MEMBER

Warrick Duthy has been a shareholder of, and Managing Director of Kilikanoon Wines since 2011.He is also the Proprietor of the Watervale Hotel and Penobscot Farm in Watervale where he lives with his wife Nicola Palmer. Warrick Duthy has been a shareholder of, and Managing Director of Kilikanoon Wines since 2011. Warrick has been the Chair of the Clare Valley Alliance for several years, and in this role has led a research project to determine the appropriate strategy to develop the Clare Valley tourism region, and led the group to develop the Clare Valley branding.

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 at a grower liaison officer in the Californian regions.

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.

Bianca Jennings

Special Board Member

Bianca is a corporate and agribusiness partner at national law firm Piper Alderman, with a particular focus on the food and beverage sectors. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial advisory and foreign investment. She is Deputy Chairman of Potatoes South Australia.

Jeffrey Grosset

Winemaker Board Member

Jeff was inaugural Australian Winemaker of the Year (Gourmet Traveller Wine) and is recognised as one of the world’s ‘50 Most Influential Winemakers’ (Wine & Spirits, USA). He founded Grosset Wines in 1981 and has led the pioneering use of screwcaps.