Atlantic/ Central Sales
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Wisconsin,
Founder of Whanau Imports. Passionate about building New Zealand brands across North America. The category is riding a big wave and we’re excited to increase its visibility and showcase what’s next from New Zealand. Originally from Australia, Allport has quickly become one of the top leaders in the wine business. With over 20 years of experience, he is an expert in marketing wine to the North American consumer. Allport is based in New York City. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, he has helped launch and distribute many New Zealand wine brands such as Isabel Estate, Schubert, Akarua, Soho Wine Co, Man O’ War. Allport continued, US wine consumers love New Zealand brands, and now they’re looking beyond the country’s flagship varietal Sauvignon Blanc for value and quality. Building towards national distribution, we’re set for success and we invite all distributors from all states to join us in this amazing opportunity.
Mideast/ Atlantic & National Accounts
Ohio, Illinois, Indianapolis, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina
Pappas brings forty years of wine industry knowledge and experience gained while working distributor and national accounts around the United States. He’s created and directed two national account divisions for two recognized wine family’s national marketing companies, Prestige Wine Imports (Gruppo MezzaCorona) and Dreyfus Ashby & Co. (Joseph Drouhin) for twenty years. Prior to Nikolas working at the supplier level he also established and oversaw the first premium statewide wine company based in Indianapolis, In.
California, Oregon, Washington State
Gerich brings 19 years industry experience. Previously portfolio manager for Grassroots in South Carolina and currently also managing Rajat Parr’s Evening Land, Domaine de La Cote & Sandhi in the North West. With expertise from the vineyard to the table Gerich helps distributors navigate a challenging sales environment.
Pacific Sales/ Unofficial Mayor of Aspen Food and Wine
Janis has a track history managing the portfolio at Dryphis Ashby for more than 25 which include some of the most awarded wineries in the world including Chateau Petrus, Maison Joseph Drouhin, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Barone Ricasoli and Renato Ratti, Torres. Janis brings a great deal of experience and has developed and maintained long lasting relationships through direct contact with key accounts such as Bellagio, M Resort, Wynn Las Vegas, Jimmy’s ( Aspen), Hazel’s Wine World ( Boulder).
Whanau Distribution Sales
Matthias loves selling New Zealand Wine and his New Jersey clients. He is a natural born salesperson with a passion for anything sustainable, organic, biodynamic and natural. Known to hold the record for the most wines ever sold during an in store tasting.