Treasury appoints new winemaker for Beaulieu Vineyards

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates has appointed Trevor Durling as general manager and winemaker for its Napa estate, Beaulieu Vineyards.

Durling was previously senior winemaker for Provenance Vineyards and Hewitt Vineyard, having joined the vineyard in 2010, when it was owned by Diageo’s Chateau & Estates Wine business. Prior to that he spent four years at organic Sonoma vineyard, Moon Mountain Vineyard.

Durling takes over Jeffrey Stambor, who joined the Rutherford vineyard in 1989 as viticulturist and enologist, working with influential Napa winemaker André Tchelistcheff and rising to become director of winemaking. Stambor will continue to be a brand ambassador during the transition.

In 2015 Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) purchased Diageo’s Chateaux & Estates Wine business for £361 million, which saw it take on Beaulieu Vineyards, Acacia, Provenance, Hewitt and Sterling Vineyards, as well as brands Blossom Hill and Piat d’Or.

TWE has spend time upping its focus on its US business, announcing it would dispose of a number of non-core brands and refreshing some of its Californian brands, including packaging revamps for Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards and Beringer.

In February the company promoted CFO of the Americas, Gunther Burghardt, as the new company Chief Financial officer and Michael Clark also announced he would be dividing his time between California and the company’s Australian headquarter.

“The U.S. is the final of our four regional business models to be shifting from fixing into growth phase and I’m looking forward to working with Bob [Spooner, president of TWE’s operations in the Americas] and the team in the Americas as we continue to strengthen our brand portfolio and business model building stronger partnerships with strategic distributors and retail customers in the region,” he told a conference call following the release of its half-yearly results.

TWE reported record half-year profits to 31 December 2016, with levels up by more than double to AU$136.2 million (US$104.6m), bolstered by strong performances in China and the US.

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