Grower Business Relations Manager
James Nightingale is an experienced viticulturist who manages Constellation Brands NZ’s partnerships with some of New Zealand's best grape growers. Before joining Constellation Brands NZ, James worked as Wine and Vineyards Manager for McKean Estates/Tiki Wine - a role with responsibilities that ranged from the vineyards to the winery, and where he gained a greater understanding of the wider market and global pressures of the wine business.
James’ initial interest in wine was sparked on a weekend visit to Mornington and the Yarra Valley while studying for a BSc in Earth Sciences at Waikato University. He went on to complete Lincoln University’s postgraduate qualification in Viticulture and Oenology as well as a two year Matador Scholarship programme where he gained experience working in vineyards in Marlborough, Australia and the U.S. After a vintage in Australia, James managed vineyards in Central Otago for four years before settling in Marlborough.
James enjoys working in partnership with growers and experiencing the variety and excellence of all of New Zealand’s best growing regions. He thrives on the differences and challenges of an industry where no two seasons are the same and keeps his viticulture skills sharp by working in his own little vineyard. He also enjoys anything sports- and outdoor-related including mounting biking, running and scuba diving followed by a glass of wine with family and friends.