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JOHN
BENTON

CHAIRMAN AND
MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER

 
 

John provides a diverse background that offers governance and leadership, as well as the financial support to ensure ongoing success.

John has a background that revolves around building and developing businesses, and came on board with Jackson Estate by recapitalising the Company in early 2013.

 
 
 

 

JEFF HART

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Having been involved since June of 2013, Jeff has been responsible for the financial management and reporting, along with setting up of systems and procedures for the staff to work from.

 
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A lot of time has been spent reconnecting with many of the Company’s markets and building the foundations for ensuring future success.

Prior to joining Jackson Estate, Jeff was involved with establishing and heading up a business turnaround and restructuring division for BDO Wellington Limited, Chartered Accountants. He has joined forces with John Benton and has taken on the role as CEO of the Benton Group. Following the recapitalising of Jackson Estate, Jeff has assumed the role of Managing Director of the Company.

 
 
 

 

Matt
Patterson-
Green

HEAD WINEMAKER /
WINERY MANAGER

Matt has been with Jackson Estate for over a decade and guides the winemaking for Jackson Estate to help express the true nature of our vineyards and region. And to create interesting, polarising and enjoyable wines.

 
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JOURNEY: Completed a B.Hort Business and B.Hort Tech at Massey University Started as the Production manager then to Lincoln University to complete a Post Grad Dip Viticulture and Oenology. Following this Matt worked at various vineyards and wineries in South Canterbury, Waipara, USA, Marlborough, Germany, Nelson and back to Marlborough. Started at Jackson Estate as the nightshift winemaker for six weeks when JKE offered a full time position Matt was really impressed with what they were doing so stayed.

INTERESTS: Love living in the Marlborough region, fishing, hunting, Mountain biking and hiking. A great place to raise a family and is the heart of New Zealand winemaking.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WINE AND WHY? The Jackson Estate Gum Emperor Reserve Pinot series from 2005 thru 2011. As they showcase how vine-age, vineyard selection and soil type influence Pinot from Marlborough.

 
 
 

 

GEOFF WOOLLCOMBE

VITICULTURIST

Geoff has been with Jackson Estate for twenty plus years, his goal has always been to produce the best possible fruit that the weather gods
will allow.

 
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JOURNEY: My first introduction to the wine industry was working at Vavasour wines for their first two vintages 89-90 when it was the only vineyard-winery in the Awatere valley. At this time I was also helping to develop the Homestead vineyard on Jacksons Rd.

INTERESTS: When I have spare time outside of work and two sport mad teenage kids, I like nothing more than a back country Mountain bike adventure or hunting.