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JOHN BELSHAM - Founder, Winemaker and International Consultant

AN INTERNATIONAL WINEMAKER, BUSINESSMAN, CONSULTANT AND CRITIC, JOHN BELSHAM HAS 40 YEARS OF WINE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE THAT HAS SHAPED AND GUIDED SOME OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WINE COMPANIES TODAY.

AS A STUDENT, BELSHAM LEARNED TO MAKE WINE IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE WHERE HE LIVED FROM 1977 TO 1981.  HE IS FLUENT IN FRENCH.


A NATURAL ENTREPRENEUR, HE FOUNDED RAPAURA VINTNERS IN 1991, THE FIRST CONTRACT WINEMAKING COMPANY IN NEW ZEALAND; A BUSINESS WHOSE TIPPING POINT TOOK NZ WINEMAKING FROM A SELECT FEW AND MADE IT A COMMERCIAL AND VIABLE OPTION FOR MANY.

ADDING TO HIS BUSINESSES, BELSHAM FOUNDED MARLBOROUGH OAK IMPORTS IN 1990, AND TODAY EXCLUSIVELY SUPPLIES THE FRENCH OAK WINE BARRELS OF DARGAUD & JAEGLE AND VALLAURINE AND MARC GRENIER CUVES AND FOUDRES TO NEW ZEALAND WINERIES.

RE-FOCUSING HIS ATTENTION ON PRODUCING PREMIUM, SINGLE VINEYARD WINES BELSHAM FOUNDED FOXES ISLAND WINES IN 1992.  FOR 25 YEARS THE WINERY HAS HAD A DEDICATED FOCUS ON PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY ALONG WITH PRESTIGOUS SELECTIONS OF RIESLING AND SAUVIGNON BLANC.

IN 1994, BELSHAM FOUNDED WINE FOCUS, A WINE CONSULTING PRACTICE FOCUSED IN AREAS OF BUSINESS STRATEGY, TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, WINERY DESIGN AND EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT.   HE HAS HELD A NUMBER OF BOARD POSITIONS AND ADVISORY ROLES.

AN INTERNATIONALLY RESPECTED WINE JUDGE AND CRITIC, HE IS THE WINE PANEL CHAIR FOR AUSTRALASIA’S LEADING FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE, CUISINE, AND HAS HELD THE ROLE OF WINE CONSULTANT TO AIR NEW ZEALAND SINCE JULY 2000.

A FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE NEW ZEALAND SCREW CAP INITIATIVE, BELSHAM CONTINUES AS CHAIR OF THE NZSCI.

HE WAS A BOARD MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE PINOT NOIR NZ IN 2007 AND 2010 AND A DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER IN 2004 AND 2007.


BELSHAM WAS A FEATURED SPEAKER AT THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR SYMPOSIUM HELD IN THE AHR VALLEY OF GERMANY.

AN EXPERT ON COOL CLIMATE WINEMAKING, JOHN BELSHAM CO-CHAIRED THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL CHARDONNAY CONFERENCE IN JANUARY 2016 AND WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE COOL CLIMATE CHARDONNAY CONFERENCE (i4C) IN ONTARIO, CANADA IN JULY 2016.