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Our Family

Peter, Joe and David have more than 146 years combined experience in the wine industry and it is this experience put together with passion from their team that puts Babich Wines in a league of their own. The small, close-knit Babich Wines management team also includes highly experienced sales and marketing specialists whose commitment to quality New Zealand wine is as passionate as that of the Babich family.

Executive Director - Peter Babich MBE

Peter Babich’s career in the New Zealand wine industry started at just 16 when he joined his father, Josip Babich, in the family vineyard. More than 60 years later, Peter remains active within the business and is as passionate as ever about its success.
His life-long commitment to New Zealand’s viticulture and wine industry saw Peter become a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1989. In 1995 he was made a Fellow of the Wine Institute of New Zealand and in 2015 he was inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame. Click here for extended bio

Executive Director - Joe Babich ONZM

For more than 50 years, Joe Babich has been the driving force behind Babich’s innovative approach to winemaking. After joining his father and brother in the family business in 1958, he became a highly respected winemaker and has been responsible for more than 35 outstanding vintages.
His insight and ability has been recognised with numerous honours, including Chairman of Judges for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, the Sir George Fistonich Medal for Service to New Zealand Wine and the appointment as an Office of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2015. Click here for extended bio

Chief Executive Officer - David Babich

David grew up with the story of his grandfather’s journey from the other side of the world and his mission to create world-class New Zealand wines. As a child, he spent many hours in and around the family winery. After studying winemaking and viticulture at Australia’s highly regarded Roseworthy College (receiving a Roseworthy Bachelor of Oenology), David joined the family business.
He spent a number of years working on the cellar floor and then returned to university to complete a commerce degree, with a double major in marketing and management. He then gained invaluable experience in sales, marketing and senior management at global pharmaceutical company, Glaxo Wellcome, before returning to Babich as General Manager in 2001.
Today, David is our Chief Executive Officer.  His industry knowledge, management experience and passion for his family’s legacy continues to drive Babich Wines forward, creating the next chapter in our proud family history.