William P Foley II and the New Zealand wine industry

By Michael Cooper In Wine

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18th June, 2011
What do Vavasour, Goldwater, Dashwood, Redwood Pass and Clifford Bay wine brands, based in Marlborough, have in common with the largest winery in Martinborough, Te Kairanga; the luxury Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, also in the Wai­rarapa; and one of the country’s largest wine distributors, Auckland-based EuroVintage? All are key parts of the fast-expanding wine-based empire in New Zealand of entrepreneurial American billionaire Bill Foley. Never heard of him? “William P Foley II, Vintner” – as profiled on the website of Foley Family Wines – made his first move here in ...

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