Margaret Duckhorn has been elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2008-09 fiscal year.
The election took place at the 74th annual Wine Institute Meeting of Members, held at the Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Duckhorn is co-founder and Executive Vice President of Industry Relations at Duckhorn Wine Company, which includes Duckhorn Vineyards in St. Helena, Paraduxx in Napa Valley and Goldeneye in Anderson Valley.
Also elected were Raymond Chadwick of Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, headquartered in Napa, First Vice Chairman; Tom Klein of Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, Second Vice Chairman; David Kent of the Wine Group, headquartered in San Francisco, Treasurer; and Kathleen Heitz Myers of Heitz Wine Cellars in St. Helena, Secretary.
Duckhorn established Duckhorn Vineyards with Dan Duckhorn in 1976, and has spent more than 30 years building Duckhorn Vineyards’ reputation for quality and excellence. A respected member and advocate for the Napa Valley wine industry, she is a past President of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, past Board member of the American Institute of Wine & Food, a founding member of Women for WineSense, and past member of the Oversight Committee for Farmworker Housing.
As Wine Institute Chairman, Duckhorn will work to further develop strategic focus on the Institute’s historical core values in ‘respecting the land, workers, consumers and the communities we serve” by building upon the success of the California wine industry’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program, a major initiative that promotes responsible practices for wine production which is sensitive to the environment and communities.
At the Meeting of Members, she highlighted Wine Institute’s partnership with the California Travel and Tourism Commission in attracting visitors to the state and its wine regions, as well as the Institute’s “California First” program, a campaign that engages industry trade and wineries to communicate messages about the state’s unique and positive attributes and contributions.
Duckhorn expressed continued support for work on regulatory and political challenges, including fair trade and tax matters, and advocating for the industry’s competitiveness both here and abroad.
The Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group for California wineries and affiliated businesses, which now has more than 1,100 members accounting for 95 percent of California wine production and 85 percent of U.S. wine production.
Based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 13 foreign countries, the Wine Institute is guided by 80 vintners who are members and alternates of an active Board of Directors. The Board elects the Chairman and officers on an annual basis. Robert P. Koch is President and CEO of Wine Institute.