Maling will stay at the New Zealand producer until the end of June “to ensure a seamless transition” as his team – which includes Nick Picone, Dave Roper, Helen Morrison, Josh Hammond – prepares to step into the void.
He is off to Foley Family Wines, but Villa Maria’s chief executive Sir George Fistonich said Maling will always be a “Villa Maria advocate”.
“Alastair has played an important role in the development of Villa Maria and has ensured that deep rooted foundations have been laid to maintain the quality of our winemaking portfolio as the business has grown,” said Fistonich.
“We know that Alastair will enjoy his new challenge at Foley Family Wines, but also that he will always be a Villa Maria advocate, working to keep New Zealand wine at the cutting edge. We wish Alastair well for the future and are excited by the opportunities that change will bring for him and us, both for our people and our business.”