Thu 05 Jun 2014

Kumeu River’s Melba Brajkovich Made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit


I have been privileged to meet Melba Brajkovich on several occasions, usually after tasting through the Kumeu River range with her winemaker son Michael at the family’s beautiful property just north of Auckland. On each occasion it was her energy, vision and direct approach that always made a mark on me, attributes which clearly serve her well in the achievements she has made, and continues to make, for both Kumeu River and the New Zealand wine industry as a whole.

So, I was delighted, though not at all surprised, to hear the news that Melba has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the wine industry and the community.

Melba Brajkovich

Melba Brajkovich

The winery had the following to say regarding this great news:

Melba has been the backbone and strength behind the Brajkovich Family at Kumeu River Wines since 1957. Originally very much in the background as Mate’s wife and partner in the business, Melba has always kept a watchful eye over the winery, especially when Mate was away on wine industry business in his various roles on the Executive Committee of the Wine Institute of New Zealand, including Chairman from 1982-1985.
Following Mate’s death in 1992, Melba assumed the position of Managing Director of Kumeu River Wines, with all her four children also in positions of responsibility in the company
She continues in that role today. Internationally she is a wonderful ambassador for New Zealand and New Zealand wine. For over 30 years Melba has travelled the world selling wine, initially with Mate, and for the last 20 years on her own. She tells the stories, not only of her own family and Kumeu River , but of the New Zealand wine business and the fantastic country which we live in.

Congratulations to Melba and the Brajkovich family.

Pierre Mansour
Buying Manager

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