He plans to set up his own wine label and pursue his other career in photography.
Judd said:“When I was offered the winemaking role with Cloudy Bay back in 1984 there was no vineyard, no winery and no name. Things could only progress - and they certainly did!
"It is with great pride that I hand over the baton to the Cloudy Bay team and with immense thanks to David Hohnen for the opportunity to be a part of the Cloudy Bay story. It has been a very rewarding, unique and thoroughly enjoyable journey.”
Cloudy Bay estate director Ian Morden said: “I have appreciated Kevin’s wisdom and counsel a great deal. He knows all aspects of the Marlborough wine landscape as well as anyone. We will miss him as a team, but know that he will not be far away – and still very much part of the Marlborough winemaking community.”
From now on Cloudy Bay's winemaking team will be made up of Eveline Fraser, Nicholas Lane and Tim Heath. Judd will be a consultant winemaker from January 2009.