Delegat's Group Limited, parent company of Delegat's Wine Estate, has won Company of the Year Award 2008 at the 2008 Deloitte / Management Magazine Top 200 Business Awards, held at the Sky City Convention Centre earlier this month.
Awarded annually, this prestigious accolade recognises and applauds outstanding individual and management team performances among New Zealand's largest companies.
Jim Delegat, Managing Director of Delegat's Group Limited says "We are very excited to be the recipient of this highly-regarded New Zealand business industry award. It has been a tremendous year for the company and we are now looking forward to another great year in 2009."
The Company of the Year Award was presented to Delegat's by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. The judges decision was based on Delegat's outstanding market performance and growth, underpinned by a world-class product and stand-out consumer branding.
2008 has again been a year of record sales performance, profit and market share milestones.Delegatís Group Limited:
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Delegatís Wine Estate opens new Marlborough Winery and celebrates 60th Anniversary of Winemaking in New Zealand
Delegatís Wine Estate has officially opened its new Marlborough winery, one of the largest and most technologically-advanced wineries in New Zealand.
The opening of the new winery fast follows the successful listing of Delegatís Group Limited on the New Zealand Stock Exchange in 2006, as well as coinciding with Delegatís 60th anniversary of winemaking in New Zealand. Delegatís is now 67% owned by brother and sister team Jim and Rosemari Delegat and is New Zealandís largest publicly listed winemaker.
Jim Delegat, Managing Director of Delegatís Wine Estate says ďDelegatís Wine Estate was established in 1947 by Nikola and Vida Delegat and our familyís 60 years of winemaking in New Zealand is something we are exceptionally proud of. Rosemari and I are not unaccustomed to achieving significant industry initiatives in order to deliver on the opportunities that the New Zealand wine industry offers today.
ďBoth Rose and I are natural business builders who focus on the long-term and thrive on participating in an industry we feel very passionate about. Last year we decided to take the company beyond family ownership and invite the investing public to participate in the substantial growth of the company. It is our successful past, but more importantly, our future that manifests itself in this winery.
ďOur new winery will not only serve to support the significant ongoing growth from our global markets but will also enable Delegatís to continue to lead New Zealand wine category growth and establish Oyster Bay as New Zealandís leading Super Premium wine brand globally. This success will no doubt benefit the New Zealand wine industry as a whole,Ē he says.
Situated on State Highway 63 Vineyard in the central Wairau Valley, the new multi- million dollar winery took four years to complete and employs extensive research and technology from the leading wine regions of the world, including California and South Australia. The winery, which will employ more than 50 staff for the 2007 vintage, will process fruit from Delegatís Marlborough plantings which feature Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. By 2010, the winery is planned to process 26,000 tonnes of grapes annually.
Delegatís Wine Estate has outperformed New Zealand wine industry export growth over the last four years with a compound annual growth rate of 50%. Annual Global sales are now in excess of one million cases. Currently Delegatís exports account for 11% of total New Zealand wine exports.
Today Delegatís Wine Estate exports to 28 countries and has offices in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, United States and Canada.