The Family of Twelve wine cooperative has farewelled one of the founding members and first chairman. Richard Riddiford from Palliser estate sadly passed away last month.

A passionate man, Riddiford helped put the Martinborough region on the world wine map and spent twenty-five years nurturing Palliser Estate into a world-class producer. He led industry initiatives including Toast Martinborough and his brainchild Wellington’s highly respected Pinot Noir conferences. For his outstanding contribution he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2000 and in 2010 was inducted into the NZ Wine Hall of Fame and last year was inducted as a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers.