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Len Ibbotson will be joining BRI as Viticultural Extension and Research Manager.

Originally from Hawkes Bay, Len studied Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University before heading to Central Otago, working for several years in various operational and technical management roles in the wine industry there. Since relocating to Marlborough in late 2016, Len has been managing the viticulture program for Matua’s company-owned vineyards. With a passion for viticulture and wine, Len recognises the importance of understanding and connecting viticulture inputs with wine quality. “I’m excited to be joining the newly formed Bragato Research Institute team and working together, striving for continual improvement in our wine industry through research, collaboration and education” he said.

The focus of Len’s new role is to lead the communication of research information to members, to ensure information and tools delivered by research programmes are being adopted and applied to deliver member and industry benefits.  The role will also provide expert viticultural input and practical insights into BRI’s research projects. We’re stoked to have Len joining us towards the end of August – you’ll have a chance to meet him at Bragato if you’re attending.