Developing and governing a successful family business
We are delighted to have Allan Scott joining us to share his story in developing and governing a successful family business.
Cool nights and sunny days in the scenic region of Marlborough help to create Allan Scott Family Winemakers’ award-winning wines. But passion and commitment to excellence are also a huge part of the winery’s success story. For more than three decades, Allan has been creating world-beating wines in the Marlborough region, first with his wife Cathy and now including their three adult children too.
Allan’s foray into winemaking began in 1973, when he worked as a labourer putting the first fence posts in the ground for early New Zealand winemakers. He climbed the corporate ranks of the New Zealand wine world, working as Corbans’ viticulture manager, supervising and consulting on vineyards throughout New Zealand. But the passion to create their own wines finally won over and, in 1990, the couple branched out on their own, becoming one of Marlborough’s first independent winemakers.
Today, Allan Scott Family Winemakers is hugely successful, and a regular winner on the award circuit. About 40 per cent of their acclaimed sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir and sparkling wines are for the domestic market, the remainder is exported, bringing another set of challenges.
Perhaps the biggest change for the business has been its evolution into a true intergenerational family business involving a degree of independent governance. While Allan and Cathy oversee every aspect of the business, they have entrusted key operational elements to each of their three children – Josh (Winemaking), Sara (Viticulturist) and Victoria (Marketing).
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