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Rockburn Announces New General Manager – Tim Severne

Rockburn Wines Ltd. is pleased to confirm the appointment of Tim Severne as General Manager effective immediately.

Tim 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. Tim most recently held the position of Global Sales Manager at the Antipodes Water Company, New Zealand’s leading premium bottled water. Antipodes Water is sold in over 15 countries and enjoyed in many of the world’s greatest restaurants and hotels.

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”.

Mr. Severne commented 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”.

About Rockburn 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 state-of-the-art winemaking facility based in Ripponvale, just out of Cromwell.

The premium producer also has a boutique Cellar Door in the Gibbston Valley, on a site which is both close to its Gibbston vineyard and to Queenstown; New Zealand’s premier tourism destination. Rockburn not only produces Pinot Noir of stunning quality but also award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Rosé.

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