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New Chief Winemaker and Boutique Specialist appointed at Awatere River Winery

Booster Wine Group has announced the appointment of Helen Morrison as Chief Marlborough Winemaker and Pierre Vienings as Marlborough Winemaker, joining the winemaking team at Awatere River Winery.

Helen Morrison joins the team after nine years as Senior Winemaker at Villa Maria, and Pierre Vienings joins after five years of boutique winemaking at the Coterie winery in Marlborough.

Morrison has worked in the wine industry for more than 20 years and brings a strong focus on quality, sustainability, and innovation.

As Chief Marlborough Winemaker at Awatere River, she will lead the winemaking team and craft wines that showcase Marlborough’s unique terroirs.

In her wider role, Helen will work with Booster Wine Group’s other regional winemaking teams and conduct trade visits domestically and overseas to share her expertise and continue to drive the group’s success.

“I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to create wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Awatere Valley and to continue Awatere River’s reputation for producing outstanding wines,” says Morrison.

Pierre Vienings has worked in Marlborough’s wine industry since 2010, bringing with him extensive experience in small-batch, high-end winemaking.

During his time at ‘The Coterie,’ Vienings led the winemaking team to create expressions of Marlborough, with a focus on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir & other red varietals.

He has a passion for creating wines that reflect the character and complexity of the vineyard and brings a focus on quality and sustainability to his work.

Louis Vavasour, Awatere River Founder and CEO of Booster Wine Group says the pair’s expertise and experience will be invaluable.

“I am confident that they will play an important role in driving the continued success of Awatere River Winery and the Booster Wine Group.”

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