Dr Darren Oemcke is the new independent chair of Riverland Wine.
He will chair the joint management committees of Riverland winegrowers and winemakers.
“Pushing boundaries and encouraging all industry stakeholders to grow the value of every vineyard, every winery, and every litre of Australian wine,” he says.
Darren has previously worked with the region’s grape producers and winemakers and the State Government on a range of projects that cover wine and grape production, marc processing, tourism, AgTech, performance benchmarking, the Riverland Wine Show and R&D.
“I have a great respect and fondness for the Riverland region and in my new role as independent chair, I believe I can make a very significant contribution to the future of Riverland Wine and its members,” he says.
“This is a region of innovation, passion and character, and, through Riverland Wine, we will deliver projects that assist with regional prosperity and global success.”
After 20 years with Riverland Wine, outgoing executive officer Chris Byrne has taken up a new role as chief executive of Australian Commercial Wine Producers.
“We’ve worked with Dr Oemcke for many years,” Chris says.
“He has assisted Riverland Wine in formulating strategic goals over the past decade.
“Darren has a strong affinity with our region and shares our belief that the Riverland is the Vineyard to the World.
“As an engineer, Darren brings a practical vision of what’s possible.
“He will assist Riverland Wine in building awareness of the great work the members are doing to deliver better grapes and wine to our global customers.”
Darren is a director of Hydra Consulting based in Adelaide.