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Abe Salt

Chief Executive Officer

Abe joined Villa Maria in 2018, bringing with him 15 years’ experience from across the wine industry, investment banking and strategic advisory. 

Abe is an avid wine enthusiast and is passionate about the wine industry.

Abe joined Villa Maria in 2018, bringing with him 15 years’ experience from across the wine industry, investment banking and strategic advisory. 

Abe is an avid wine enthusiast and is passionate about the wine industry. He has undertaken wine education courses with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and University of Adelaide, and has participated in a wide range of social wine education programs such as International Chardonnay and Pinot Masterclasses.

Before joining Villa Maria Abe was Principal at Iron Gate Consulting where he focused on providing strategic advice to the wine industry. Prior to forming Iron Gate Consulting, Abe spent more than five years at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) where he was Global Head of Strategy. During his time at TWE, Abe led significant transactions and implemented key strategic changes for the business.  

Abe served on the Steering Committee for TWE’s global supply chain optimisation program, driving route to market changes in key regions.  Abe was also responsible for delivering TWE’s annual five year plan, including sales and marketing plans by brand and region.  In New Zealand, Abe led TWE’s acquisition of its Matua Marlborough winery.

Abe has experience in each of Villa Maria’s key export markets, including the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Asia and Australia. He also has experience working with luxury brands, such as Penfolds. Abe holds degrees in Law and Commerce and post-graduate qualifications in finance.

Abe is married with two children, and has relocated from Melbourne to Auckland to take on the position of CEO for Villa Maria Estate.

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