Accolade Wines has appointed MJ Loza, currently head of its New Zealand operations, as its new general manager for North America. He will be based in Napa. 

Accolade Wines' brands include Geyser Peak, Atlas Peak and XYZin from California, among others. 

Hailing from New Zealand and with extensive wine industry experience, Loza’s appointment supports Accolade Wines’ strategic goal to maximize New Zealand brand growth opportunities in the North American market, said a news release. 

Loza was the CEO of the Blenheim, New Zealand-based Mud House Wine Group at the time it was acquired by Accolade Wines in 2014 and for the past year has been the GM for Accolade Wines’ New Zealand operation.

Loza said he was looking forward to joining the team in North America.

“It’s pretty much the world’s biggest wine market and Accolade’s got such a great portfolio."

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