Mr David Powell has left Torbreck to pursue other interests. It was announced in a statement from the chairman and board of Torbreck Vintners. Dave Powell was founder and acted as Managing Director for Torbreck Vintners since its inception in 1994. Dave Powell left Torbreck as of 21st August 2013.
Torbreck is a well known boutique winery based in Barossa Valley, South Australia. They produce wines of an international standard and have been a hallmark of Barossa’s success. Torbreck was named one of the World’s Top 100 Wine Estates by Robert Parker.
Chairman Colin Ryan commented: “The business will continue on its original foundations of fine wine quality, peer recognition and winemaking innovation. These principles will endure at Torbreck with Winemaker, Craig Isbel, continuing to direct the winemaking process as he has done since 2006 along with the existing winemaking team and the existing Torbreck management. Mr Pete Kight who became the owner of all the equity shares in Torbreck in 2008, continues to enthusiastically support Torbreck and is committed to ensuring its continued pursuit of excellence.
Pete Kight bought all the equity shares in Torbreck in 2008 and had a five year agreement with Dave Powell. That agreement ended in July. Dave Powell was offered a role within Torbreck, but declined this offer.
Apart from Dave Powell leaving, there are no operational changes to Torbreck.
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