Wine Victoria Regional Council

The Wine Victoria Regional Council brings together representatives from each of the Victorian wine regions. Each member represents their wider region providing input and feedback to the Wine Victoria Board on a range of topics including industry issues and policy positions. The Council also provides a platform to raise issues and opportunities for Wine Victoria engagement.

Bendigo Wes Vine
Goulburn Valley Guido Vazzoler
Heathcote Ian Hopkins
Macedon Ranges Renata Morello
Grampians Rory Lane
Rutherglen Natalie Ajay
Upper Goulburn Tim Ploschke
Yarra Valley Tim Schand
Pyrenees Sasha Fair
Glenrowan Michael Reid
Gippsland Ken Ekersley
King Valley Michael Dal Zotto
Mildura Murray Valley Mike Stone
Geelong Scott Austin
Mornington Peninsula Mike Symons



Bushfire Technical Response Program

The Wine Victoria Bushfire Technical Response Program aims to undertake the delivery of a package of technical support activities for Victorian wine industry participants affected by exposure to bushfire smoke during the 2019-20 growing season. While there is a focus on wine regions directly affected by smoke, the program seeks to deliver statewide benefits where possible. 

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes this week announced $990,000 to support a program delivered in partnership with Wine Victoria that will help winemakers assess and remediate the effects of smoke exposure on wines being made from this year’s harvest. The program will include online technical workshops on recognising and addressing the effects of smoke exposure, evaluation of 2020 wines by expert sensory panels, support to produce test batches for evaluation and access to a benchmarking kit to help winemakers assess their own wines. 

The program will also include winemaking trials to evaluate techniques for treating smoke-affected wines and research activities to better characterise the impacts of smoke on a range of locally important varieties. A steering committee made up of the Victorian Government, Wine Victoria and representatives from affected wine regions will oversee the program, which will be rolled out immediately and run until September 2021. 

Further information will be posted here as programs and activities are rolled out. 

For more information on support for the wine industry after the bushfires visit or call 136 186.