|New CEO at Amisfield|
Specialist Central Otago wine producer Amisfield Wine Company has appointed Craig Erasmus to the role of chief executive officer.
“After a long search I am delighted to announce the appointment of Craig,” said chairman David Hogg. “Craig was the perfect candidate to select to lead our tight knit team and our internationally recognised and high profile brand.”
Born in South Africa, with great, great grandparents hailing from the Coromandel, it is full circle as Erasmus and his family now call New Zealand home. He has spent the past seven years working in Marlborough for Wither Hills, Vavasour and Foley Family Wines, filling roles ranging from cellar hand through to chief operating officer.
Having originally qualified as a chartered accountant, Erasmus’ OE saw him spending six years in London in a variety of corporate development roles. It was during his travels abroad to wine regions in Europe, North and South America that his passion for cool-climate wine regions in particular was kindled. After a three month odyssey around New Zealand in late 1999, the spectacular scenery and opportunities in the wine sector convinced him that New Zealand was a place he wanted to call home. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University in 2004.