VIlla Maria founder Sir George Fistonich has won the 2013 Rabobank Australasian Agribusiness Leadership Award.
Fistonich, the son of Croatian immigrants, grew up with wine on the table at lunch and dinner every day.
He founded and owns Villa Maria Estate and was knighted for services to the wine industry in New Zealand.
Now he has been recognised with an award celebrating outstanding achievement in the food, beverage and agribusiness sectors in Australia and NZ.
The award, established in 1999, is an annual peer-nominated award for an industry leader who creates sustainable growth and prosperity at corporate and industry levels while demonstrating commitment to society.
At a dinner at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Thursday night Rabobank Australia and NZ group managing director Thos Gieskes told guests good leaders didn’t just materialise spontaneously.
“The winner is not just from NZ, he is so highly regarded I think he would be considered one of their national treasures,” Gieskes said in announcing the award. . .
The story gives some background on Sir George and his achievements and there is more on VIlla Maria’s website.
The inaugural award for an emerging agribusiness leader was also presented last night.
It went to Georgie Aley, 28, managing director of the Grains and Legumes Nutritional Council.
You can read more about her here.