About Us

WHO ARE WE?

Privately owned and fiercely independent, EuroVintage delivers a quality drinks distribution solution to New Zealand hospitality and retail which dates back over 30 years.

We're extremely proud to represent some of the finest names in the global drinks business. Our comprehensive portfolio includes premium wine estates, spirits, mixers and beer brands not only from New Zealand, but from all around the world. All complimented by an extensive range of premium European glassware by Spiegelau.

From our Auckland headquarters, EuroVintage's distribution platform delivers a nationwide service to all channels of trade. Our sales reach stretches the length and breadth of the country, from Kataia in the far north, to Bluff in the deep south.

Our team brings together an enviable pool of talent. Our older heads provide a wealth of product and industry knowledge. Their expertise, experience and leadership ensure we're best equipped to navigate the complexities of New Zealand's unique supply and distribution chain. Our younger crew delivers drive, energy and enthusiasm and keeps us close to our rapidly evolving customer base.

Everything we do revolves around our unwavering objective of delivering New Zealand's finest drinks distribution business. Our dual service commitment focuses on the hospitality and retail businesses that make up our precious customer base and equally upon the domestic and international trading partners who entrust us with their precious brands in the New Zealand market.

MEET THE TEAM

We are very proud of the amazing team of talent that have chosen to work with us at EuroVintage. Highly experienced and qualified professionals that love the industry and our customers.

Nick Hern
Chief Executive
Auckland
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An industry veteran, Nick brings a wealth of hands-on experience and knowledge to his leadership of the EuroVintage team.

Nick's experience over a successful 30 year career covers a wide spectrum of the industry. From the early days of Brand Management with New Zealand Wines and Spirits Limited in the 1980's, to establishing a family retail business in the early 1990's which was then sold to Lion Nathan.

From there Nick went on to be the Managing Director of Southcorp Wines Limited to establish the national distribution for the Penfolds, Lindemans, Wynns and Seppelts brands.

In 1997, Nick established Vintage Wines and Spirits Limited which in 2010 purchased Wellington based Eurowine and now trades as EuroVintage.

Michael Van Druten
Chief Financial Officer
Auckland
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Micheal joined the EuroVintage team at the beginning of 2011, as the chief financial officer with over 20 years’ experience as a qualified accountant.

New to the wine industry however, he brings with him experience from large multinational organisations in both financial and operational roles, which have been implemented into EuroVintage’s day to day operations.

Michael likes the balance of working for a big company like EuroVintage; big enough to operate professionally but also small enough to retain its core family values.

Outside of EuroVintage, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and dog, and has a passion for fast sports cars.

Andy Reid
Marketing Manager
Auckland
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Andy joined the Auckland sales team over 20 years ago, and has since progressed through the ranks to now drive our marketing strategy, from the Auckland head office.

With a BA and Graduate Diploma in Tourism from Otago University, Andy's 20 years industry experience represents a diverse overview of the wine and hospitality industries from restaurant management, hotel and bar work, fine wine and traditional liquor retail, and general management of a start-up wine export business.

Andy has played a key role in the development of EuroVintage since he assumed his role at the commencement of the new business in August of 2010.

Lorin Keech
National Business Manager
Auckland
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Lorin joined the EuroVintage sales team as Key Account Manager in March 2012. At the time, he brought with him over 20 years’ experience in the liquor industry.

Lorin came to EuroVintage from Treasury Wine Estates (formally Foster’s), where he spent close to 10 years. Prior to this he spent 10 years in Liquor Retail, predominantly with Liquorland, culminating with the role as Area Manager for the South & East Auckland stores.

When not working, Lorin loves to travel whether it be to experience new destinations or visiting family & friends overseas.

Nick Bowes
National Sales Manager
Auckland
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In the trade for 30 years, which includes working for a number of leading suppliers in the New Zealand Market, Nick has brought a wealth of experience to EuroVintage as our National Sales Manager.

He built his career around his love for all things hospitality, operating bars in both the UK and then later closer to home in Wellington. Today, Nick enjoys working with our fantastic sales team, supporting them in reaching their goals and targets, whilst representing some of the best brands from around the world.

Passionate about wine, Nick also enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, kite surfing and mountain biking - and as for winning... that doesn’t hurt either!

Mark Tarres
South Island Sales Manager
Christchurch
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Based in Christchurch, as our South Island Sales Manager, Mark works with our team to forward plan & create solutions. He has 20+ years in the beverage industry, including Lion Nathan, Independent Liquor & EuroVintage, all at National Sales Manager level.

Driven by trust, reliability and integrity, Mark understands the pressure of stock and on time deliveries, and endeavors to help the team meet their customers’ expectations.

Outside of all things EuroVintage, Mark likes surfing, walking and spending time with both family and friends.

Titch Hay
Category Manager – Spirits
Auckland
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Paul Cibulskis
Business Development Manager
Auckland
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The consummate professional, Paul is an integral part of our Auckland sales team. Formerly National Key Account Manager, he now takes on the role as Business Development Manager, responsible for Key Fine Wine Retailers & On-Premise Groups.

With considerable experience working in FMCG and the Liquor industry, Paul has worked with and array of businesses both Nationally and overseas. These include Griffins, Montana, Southcorp, and Babich Wines, as well as an OE stint in the UK, which enabled him to add Constellation Europe and London retailer New World Wines to his already impressive CV.

Paul holds a WSET level 3 Advanced Certificate in wine.

Denise Higgins
National Key Account Manager - Foodstuffs
Auckland
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With an extensive wealth of experience & knowledge within the grocery environment, Denise started in the FMCG industry at Nestle, then onto Montana Wines, Allied Domecq, Pernod Ricard, Ager Sectus and Ara Wines.

Denise loves working alongside a great team of people, and the extensive wine and spirit portfolio on offer at EuroVintage, as there is something in every price segment, so plenty of choices when it comes to customers choosing what to range.

When she’s not at work, Denise enjoys relaxing, spending time out on the water and exploring our beautiful coastlines with her family. Living rural keeps her busy in the weekends – with a few cattle, sheep, chickens, dogs and gardening to attend too.

Paul Dragicevich
National Field Sales Manager On & Off Premise
Auckland
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Ben Longhurst
National On Premise Brand Ambassador
Auckland
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Ben is a hugely influential member of our sales team managing our key on premise business in Auckland city.

Ben moved to New Zealand from his native France to 'follow a Kiwi girl' in 2004. His experience in France included fine wine retail and on premise work in Paris. He also enjoyed a stint in bar management on the French Riveria.

Ben has a Wine & Spirits Technical & Commercial Degree from ISNAB, Bordeaux and has passed the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate with 'Distinction'.

Jules McColl
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Auckland
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Jules joined our Auckland sales team in 2017, originally as a Merchandiser for our Grocery accounts. Previous to this, she worked in the Airline Operations industry in numerous roles including National Account Manager, Cabin Crew Trainer and Customer Service Manager.

Today, as a Multi-Channelled Account Manager, she enjoys building relationships and an ongoing rapport with her customers, and relishes the variety each day brings with the diversity of people she meets.

In her spare time, she enjoys a touch of tennis, getting outside with all things nature, exploring new places in and outside of Auckland and spending time with family and friends.

Kim Pritchard
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Auckland
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Kim says she has worked in the industry for 100 years…or close to! She’s also worked in sheep shearing gangs, hospitality, been a nanny & driven trucks in the mines…to name a few.

Joining EuroVintage in May 2017, she has brought with her over 20 years in the industry whilst trotting around the globe. More recently, she returned home from a long stint in Australia to continue the affair she seems to have for the industry and of course to soak up the NZ lifestyle!

Based in the Eastern suburbs of Auckland, all the way through South Auckland, primarily Kim looks after retail; although she also has a couple of smaller supermarkets & on-premise accounts to mix things up a little!

Thorsten Kuehler
Account Manager – On Premise
Auckland
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With a deep understanding of all aspects of the industry, Thorsten provides our Sales team and Auckland On Premise Accounts with an amplitude of experience and knowledge from over 20 years in the hospitality trade.

Throughout his career in both New Zealand and around Europe, he has worked in many roles in hospitality. From 2*Michelin Restaurant over 5* Hotel, to Formula 1 catering to Pubs, Clubs and Bistros, to Sommelier diploma’s and fine wine retail.

As a qualified Sommelier, Thorsten is both an accomplished wine ambassador and adviser and endeavours to fulfil customer’s needs.

Outside work, you’ll find Thorsten with friends and family, cooking, travelling, trekking, swimming, or watching football.

Maddy Tate
Account Manager – On Premise
Auckland
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Maddy started working in the hospitality industry at the age of 15 at a winery in Matakana. Having worked in bars, night clubs, restaurants, cafes, and everything in between, she has always been drawn back into the industry, wherever she’s lived in the world.

Well-versed for her role as On-Premise Account Manager, Maddy is driven by the importance of building reputable relationships with her many accounts through informed communication and sharing knowledge on the many products that our portfolio has to offer.

When she’s not selling or tasting our products, she enjoys baking, gardening, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and loves to be outside.

Brenda Harris
Sales Merchandiser – Grocery
Auckland
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Peter Nelson
Consultant
Auckland
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Sally Jordan
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Northland
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Sally has extensive industry experience having worked for Villa Maria, Corban’s, New Zealand Wines and Spirits and Pernod Ricard during her 15-year career.

She loves the portfolio she works with at Eurovintage. Being based in Northland, it can be quiet in Winter, whilst summer brings people from all corners of the world, and Sally enjoys adapting our vast portfolio to suit her customers’ needs all year round.

“I am very competitive but also have my customers needs in mind, so I love to work with them so we can both achieve our goals.”

Born and bred in the Northland region, Sally enjoys the amazing lifestyle that Northland brings. She loves spending time with family and enjoys fishing, gardening and has recently ignited a passion for interior design.

Rowan Hall
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Bay of Plenty / Waikato
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With a wealth of experience, having been in the industry for over 20 years, Rowan joined the EuroVintage Sales team in 2016. As a Multi-Channelled Account Manager, covering the Bay of Plenty region, Rowan provides our team and his accounts with a huge depth of knowledge.

Rowan used to have spare time but now has a toddler, though still manages to walk the dog and even lifts a few weights now and then. He is undecided what his favourite drink is.... Barolo, Cote Rotie, Chardonnay, Gin, Single Malt...

Ross Wilson
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Waikato / Taranaki
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Based in Hamilton, as an Account Manager for Waikato/Taranaki, Ross joins Eurovintage with a solid industry background spanning over 15+ years. He has worked in various roles for Lion Liquor Retail, Coca-Cola Amatil, and most recently Villa Maria Estate.

As a multi-channel Account Manager, Ross is excited to be working with such an extensive portfolio that really does have something for everyone! He prides himself in following through, and finding solutions to meet his customer’s needs, across all channels.

When off the clock, he enjoys family time with wife and his two boys. A bit of a sports addict, Ross loves all things outdoors; camping, fishing, hiking.

 

Jason Pearce
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
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With over 15 years as an owner of numerous bars and restaurants in Wellington, as well as working at a winery for 2 vintages, Jason has an esteemed experience within the industry.

He joined Eurovintage directly from Rod McDonald Wines, where he worked in both production and in sales. It was during the magical Hawkes Bay vintage of 2013 that his passion for the wine industry really blossomed.

Understanding first-hand, the pressures that are involved with the On-Prem businesses, Jason relishes the opportunity to work alongside his customers to build their wine and beverage lists, seeking the best solutions for their businesses and venues.

When he’s not working to build solutions for customers, you can find Jason outdoors with his family, in particular fishing!

Brett Newell
Consultant
Wellington
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Brett was the Managing Director of Eurowine at the time of the foundation of EuroVintage in 2010.

Countless industry relationships nurtured by Brett over four decades have formed the basis upon which a large part of our portfolio has been built.

A distinguished public speaker and broadcaster, Brett is constantly in demand for MC roles. He has been the Champagne presenter for 'Savour New Zealand' and the MC for Wellington's International Pinot Noir forum for three consecutive events.

A member of Veuve Clicquot's exclusive 'Cercle Des Amis De La Veuve' and a one-time chief wine judge; Brett brings immense wine expertise and experience as well as considerable business acumen to his role.

Deanna Loudeac
Account Manager – On Premise
Wellington
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Representing EuroVintage in Wellington, Deanna works closely with some of the finest on-premise accounts, that New Zealand’s capital has to offer.

Prior to working in the liquor industry, Deanna spent many years working in medical sales before 15 years within the coffee and tea industry, which included judging, tasting, mixology and gastronomy

Now, Deanna enjoys working with an extensive portfolio that provides every bar, restaurant, café and club with a ‘one-stop-shop' solution. She also loves to train staff and seeing their confidence grow, with brand and product knowledge.

Keith Tibble
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Wellington / Whanganui / Taranaki
021 575number 158

Keith has been in the Liquor Industry for over 25 years having worked for Penfolds New Zealand, New Zealand Wines & Spirits, Hancocks, Burleigh Trading, Vintage Wines and Spirits and now EuroVintage since its inception in 2010.

Keith is based in our Wellington office looking after off-premise, on-premise and grocery accounts in the Wellington and Hawke’s Bay areas.

After spending time with his wife and two daughters, Keith enjoys playing a bit of golf and tennis. Keith has an enthusiastic interest in single malt whisky and all distilled spirits in general. He loves to talk about single malt whisky and enjoys presenting master classes on the odd occasion.

Robyn Goodman
Account Manager – Grocery
Wellington / Whanganui / Taranaki
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Jenn Skoda
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Canterbury / Nelson / Marlborough
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Based in Christchurch, Jenn not only looks after the Cantabrians but also the Nelson and Marlborough areas of the South Island.

After studying Dietetics & Nutrition at the University of Northern Colorado, she had plans to go to medical school, but the travelling bug hit, and Jenn ended up in New Zealand and in the Wine Industry. Firstly working at Pegasus Bay for nearly 4 years, she moved into sales for Black Estate before joining us at EuroVintage.

With awards of distinction completing WSET levels 2 & 3, Jenn represented New Zealand at the 2017 World Wide Blind Tasting Championships in Nuits-Saint-Georges, where New Zealand placed 4th.

Jenn is a big fan of craft beer, snowboarding, and anything to do with mountains. Any spare time, she can be found cycling and has completed two major cycling trips; Seattle to San Diego and Germany to Budapest.

Terry Smith
Account Manager – Grocery
Canterbury / West Coast
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Based in Christchurch, Terry is an Account Manager for our grocery channel, as well as managing multi-channel accounts for the West Coast and Nelson.

With over 30 years working in the liquor industry, Terry has experience with an abundance of roles alongside many insights into the industry. Before moving into a sales representative role, he worked in Liquor Retail for a few years. As a sales representative, Terry has worked with numerous companies, including Corban Wines, Montana Wines, and Fosters/Treasury Wines.

Outside of work, Terry loves supporting his children with their sporting achievements and drinking wine with friends.

Michelle Burrows
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Canterbury / West Coast
021 659number 414

Michelle comes to EuroVintage with over 10 years in the liquor industry, including 5 years at Treasury Wine Estates and 8 years at Mount Riley Wines.

Based in Canterbury, she loves working alongside her customer base to enhance their business, whilst ensuring they have the right brands for their catchment. Engaging on both levels is important to Michelle, as well as integrity and honesty in the trade.

When not at work, Michelle enjoys watching her daughter compete in showjumping competitions, and watching her son compete in Basketball. Being married to a chef helps, as far as entertaining family and friends goes.

Beverley Russell
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Otago / South Canterbury
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Bev has been with the EuroVintage team, since its inception in 2010. She joined from Vintage Wine & Spirits where she had worked for 3 years, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge. Prior to this, Bev was an Area Manager for Burleigh Trading.

A lover of wine, Bev is based in the Otago and South Canterbury region of the South Island, as a Multi-Channel Account Manager.

Bev loves wine and the diversity of it, and outside of EuroVintage, loves travelling to great regions in the world.

Gael Laurie
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Central Otago
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Based in Central Otago, Gael brings to her role as Multi-Channelled Account Manager, many years of experience, from working in the hospitality industry all her career. This includes working at Hawkshead Vineyards, Mt Michael Wines and Premium Beverages, before re-joining the EuroVintage sales team in October 2017, after a 3-year hiatus.

In the industry for years, Gael is very well-equipped in providing her customer base with her knowledge and the information to keep them well informed with both the industry and our products. She loves working for a small, friendly whanau-based company, which gives her the support to meet her customers’ requirements.

Other than selling great wine, Gael has a passion for all thing’s sports, especially rugby. She also enjoys biking, exercising, travelling, trying new food and enjoying great wine, of course!

Deanne Anderson
Account Manager – Multi Channel
Southland
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With EuroVintage since 2016, Deanne is based in Invercargill and looks after the Southland Region. She joined EuroVintage with plenty of experience after having worked for Constellation Brands for four years as a territory rep.

Deanne works with the Invercargill and Mataura Licensing Trusts, which she finds is both challenging and rewarding, due to no alcohol in supermarkets. One of the many aspects she appreciates about the trusts, is that they give a huge amount back to the community in the way of scholarships, sports funding and education funding.

She comes to Eurovintage with plenty of experience after having worked for Constellation Brands for four years as a territory rep.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends and entertaining. I have been known to throw the odd pig on a spilt for work colleagues and their car clubs.