Fermentation expert and yeast supplier Fermentis has signed on as a gold sponsor of the Bragato Research Institute research winery, giving it naming rights to the boardroom.
Board chair Mark Gilsays in the past three years at BRI, MJ has made an "outstanding contribution, moving the organisation from its set-up phase into an integral part of the wine industry, offering world-class services from its base in Blenheim."
MJ says it has been a "privilege" to lead the establishment of BRI.
"I'm proud of the team and what we've accomplished together with support from New Zealand Winegrowers and a large number of industry members and research partners," he says. "We've created world-class capability, and the team's focus and reason-for-being is on delivering industry benefit. I know there's even more exciting and important stuff to come and I'll be watching keenly from within the industry."
MJ will join Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates as chief executive moving from Blenheim to Havelock North to take up the role in early May.