Returned service settlers in the Riverland of South Australia formed the Berri Co-operative Winery & Distillery Ltd. This co-operative was formed to process and market grapes grown by it’s members, mainly consisting of Fortified wines such as Ports and Sherries and also Brandy.
The Berri Co-operative merged with it’s counterpart in neighbouring Renmark, the Renmark Growers Co-operative Winery & Distillery Ltd, who marketed the Renmano brand products. The resultant Co-operative was called Consolidated Co-operative Wineries.
Berri Renmano Ltd was formed and took over the winemaking and marketing role, and CCW Co-operative Ltd became the preferred supplier of grapes.
Berri Renmano and Thomas Hardy combined and resulted in the listed company BRL Hardy and the development of brands such as Banrock Station, a brand which uses grapes sourced from CCW.
CCW still remains the major supplier of grapes to Accolade Wines Australia, the majority being processed at the Berri Estate winery, the largest winery in Australia with an annual intake capacity of over 200,000 tonnes of grapes.
Board of Directors
CCW is a member-owned and controlled Co-operative, governed by rules under the Co-operatives Act. We are managed by a Board of Directors which the majority of are active suppliers to CCW.
Our directors all add value to the board’s strategic direction with their combined experience in agriculture, finance, human resources and technology. They all own vineyards or are directly involved in the wine grape industry.
Many have strong family histories with the co-op – some of which date back to it’s origins in 1922.
As the current Chair of CCW, Peter knows the co-op intimately. He was previously a Director since 2003 before becoming Chair in 2021, and adds value to the board’s strategic direction through his vast experience. Peter’s family have been instrumental in securing the future of the Riverland wine grape industry, through lobbying and advocacy on behalf of growers. Peter now continues that tradition by ensuring the co-op is positioned to meet new challenges.
He is an active grower with wife Michelle, and together they own and manage many acres of wine grapes and citrus in the region.
Andrew Kassebaum profile.
As a second generation wine grape grower, Sam learnt much of what he knows from his father, who sailed out to Australia in the early 1950’s from southern Italy.
Sam studied rural management at TAFE, and is active in managing his family’s business of 45 hectares of wine grapes and 20 hectares of citrus stretching from Renmark to Pike River.
Andreas Clark profile.
Brenton’s family history in the Riverland dates back over 100 years. He is a fourth generation wine grape grower, and has studied project management and viticulture.
Brenton works for the Department of Environment on the irrigation efficiency team, and has previously worked for Adelaide Uni at the Waite Campus for research and teaching vineyard management.
Chief Executive Officer
Jim Godden profile.
Ashley joined CCW as Viticultural Officer in September 2016.
Raised on a fruit block in the Riverland an interest in all things agricultural developed. After graduating from Roseworthy Agriculture College with a Degree in Agriculture Science, Ashley joined PIRSA at the Loxton Research Centre and worked for 25 years as an Irrigation Horticultural/Viticultural Extension Officer. The last 5 years of that time delivering agricultural aid programs in the Middle East, North Africa and India.
Mark Voigt Profile.
Melanie Kargas Profile.