Regional Viticulture Manager
Cliff Pilcher manages vineyards in the Awatere Valley for Constellation Brands NZ – a role that has built on his natural affinity for the outdoors and lifelong interest in agriculture. Cliff is well suited to the rigours of managing vineyards in the challenging Awatere region, having completed a degree in Agriculture at Lincoln University and growing up on a farm in Oxford, North Canterbury. Before he joined Constellation Brands NZ in 2008, Cliff worked in the Awatere Valley for St Lukes Estate Wines and Tetley Brook Estate and gained valuable experience in setting up new vineyards and wineries while working at Dog Point Vineyard, also in Marlborough.
Cliff enjoys working in a team growing grapes that will produce high quality wines, particularly in a business that provides support on a day-to-day basis. When he isn’t coaxing superb fruit from the windswept, stony soils of the Awatere Valley, Cliff enjoys spending time in the high country areas, boating, fishing, and above all, with his two lovely granddaughters.