Kim Chalmers began her career in music composition and teaching at the Elder Conservatorium but returned to her viticulture roots in 2005. Kim manages the wine operations at Chalmers, making wines from heat and drought tolerant southern-Italian grape varieties. In 2006, Kim trained with Al Gore as a Climate Project presenter and continues to be involved in working to educate and prepare Australian winegrowers for climate change through alternative varieties and sustainable practices. In 2012 Kim travelled to Southern Italy on an Agrifood Skills International fellowship researching indigenous grape varieties and viticultural techniques and their potential application in Australia.
Kim was Chair of the Victorian Government’s Wine Ministerial Advisory Committee from 2016-2019 and is Brand & Project Manager of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. Kim often presents at viticultural and wine conferences some recent presentations were at the 2016 Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide, 2016 London Restaurant Festival in the UK and 2015 Enologica Montefalco in Umbria Italy. Kim has been integral in re-establishing her family's nursery business, personally selecting a suite of new varieties to import and establish in Australia.
Friday, 29 May 2020 18:32
We are delighted to announce that along with restaurants reopening from June 1, cellar doors will be able to provide free, seated-tastings for guests. Wine Victoria has been working closely with the State Government since the lifting of restrictions was announced by the Victorian Premier the Hon Daniel Andrews, and we are delighted by today’s announcement from the Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, the Hon Jacyln Symes that will support the State’s struggling wine businesses.
To enable social distancing rules to be enforced, wineries will need to adapt cellar doors to seat patrons. If you have licenced outdoor areas these may also be used for seated tastings.
Please note: Paid tastings must be accompanied by a meal, and wines by the glass without food or other forms of paid wine-only service are prohibited.
We strongly recommend that cellar doors adopt best practice by using single-use disposable cups as spittoons for the foreseeable future to minimise the risk of contamination or virus transfer. You will need to follow all other health guidelines with regards to sanitation, social distancing and recording of visitor details. Those requirements are set out in the following resources:
- The Australian Grape and Wine Guidelines are comprehensive, and we suggest a thorough review of this document.
We also recommend that you consider enrolling hospitality staff into the Restaurant and Catering Association COVID Ready training module. It is a nominal fee per person and is a very good investment to minimise risk in your business.
We are expecting to receive a Q&A relating to cellar doors from the Government’s COVID-19 Response Team and so Wine Victoria will be hosting a Webinar on Tuesday 2 June at 5.00pm. This invitation is open to all wineries and we strongly recommend you attend.
And finally, please make sure that you do the right thing and follow these guidelines to the letter. Any breaches of the guidelines risk having this wound back for the entire industry. We have worked incredibly hard to get to this point, let’s make sure once we are open, we can remain that way.
Friday, 29 May 2020 18:14
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 agriculture.vic.gov.au or call 136 186.
Nikki Palun completed a degree in Mandarin Chinese and Commerce and has worked for De Bortoli Wines and Vinomofo as their Head of Global Exports, where she developed a deep passion for wine and the promotion of wine culture. She now runs her own wine company Occtava Wines to follow her desire to make wines with their own unique personalities style.
Rob is the Global Director of Public Affairs at Treasury Wine Estates. He has extensive global and domestic experience in the development, implementation and auditing of best management practice programs for agriculture and natural resource management, as well experience in policy development, project management, organisational change and strategic planning.
Monday, 03 February 2020 13:33
For further information and queries on this initiative:
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Wine Victoria Annual General Meeting 2019
Date: Tuesday November 26, 2019
Location: Level 8, 161 Collins Street, Melbourne
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (including networking drinks)
More information will be provided closer to the date.
Wine Victoria Executive Officer
Eliza Brown is from a fourth-generation wine family from Victoria, Australia. Currently, Eliza enjoys building regional businesses; she is the CEO of All Saints Wine Estate (1864), St Leonards Vineyard (1860), Mount Ophir Estate (1891), Thousand Pound Wine Bar & Store (2015) and Luxe Auto (2018) all located in Rutherglen, Victoria. Eliza likes to contribute to the broader wine industry and issues; she is currently a director of her broader family business, Brown Brothers and is also Chair of Wine Victoria's Five Pillars Tourism Project.
Thinking of exporting to China? Wine Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Government has the assistance you need – The Wine Victoria China Export Academy!
The first of its kind in Australia, the Wine Victoria China Export Academy will feature a mixture of both one-on-one mentoring with industry leaders, team workshops and real-time in-market support. Our Academy aims to bridge the gap between aspirations and exporting to China.
Delivered by the team who designed the Wine Australia Growing Wine Exports (GWE) program, the Academy will take you out of the classroom and provide direct support to participants, enabling companies to take the leap and begin exporting to Australia's largest wine trading partner, China.
Applications are now open - sign up for the Academy below:
What is the Wine Victoria China Export Academy?
The aim of the Academy is to increase the number of companies exporting Victorian wine to China. The Academy will build on the fundamental exporting knowledge participants have gained in the Wine Australia Growing Wine Exports (GWE) program.
Who are the Wine Victoria Export Academy mentors and why were they chosen?
One of the aims of the Wine Victoria China Export Academy is to build on the knowledge gained in Wine Australia’s Growing Wine Export program. It is because of this that the mentors are the same experts who delivered this program.
The mentors are:
- Paul van der Lee, Principal Vanderlee & Associates;
- Darren Oemcke, Founding Partner and Marketing Director, Hydra Consulting;
- Liz Mencel, Wine Export and Marketing Specialist, Flametree Wines & Principal Purple Feet Consulting;
- Simon West, Director, Full Glass Management; and
- Ron van Buuren, Founding Partner and Managing Director; Hydra Consulting.
Who is eligible to apply for the Export Academy?
The following criteria will be used to further assess eligible candidates:
- Be a member of Wine Victoria and a member of your region's wine association;
- Have completed both of Wine Australia’s Growing Wine Export (GWE) 1-day and 2-day workshops;
- Pay the $5,000 (+GST) subsidised program fee*;
- Submit your company’s completed Growing Wine Exports planning documents for review by our mentors:
– One Page Export Plan;
– Sales Plan (Excel); and
– Self-Review and Pitch.
- Have the financial capability to generate $100k (FOB Sales) of exportable product over a 12-month period into China (refer to the GWE planning documents above);
- Have the financial and time capability to undertake an export visit to China during the Academy program (see list of suggested programs below); and
- Complete a post program evaluation.
Cost of the program?
*The full cost of the Wine Victoria China Export Academy is $10,000 (+GST)– the program is subsidised by the Victorian Government to the value of $5,000 (+GST) for the first 20 successful candidates.
What to expect during the program?
- Business tools: Session guides, new templates and resources both from Growing Wine Exports and specifically developed for Victorian exporters;
- Personal assessment: A personal one-on-one review of your readiness to export to China based your application and program preparation work before commencing;
- One to one mentoring: 6.5 hours of intensive one-on-one mentoring in a location near you, with Australia’s leading export advisors;
- Wechat group: 8 hours of scheduled WeChat group and individual chat/text support;
- Workshops: Participation in three group workshops, Victorian location to be confirmed closer to the workshop dates;
- Webinars: Access to specific Wine Victoria China Export Academy webinars that will help you identify and access distribution channels;
- Q&A: Access to an online portal with a range of commonly asked questions and answers.
Where is the Export Academy located and how long does it go for?
The Export Academy program will be run in Victoria in a rage of locations that are accessible to each participant over a 12 month period.
Join the Academy today:
Download our Frequently Asked Questions document and our fact sheet below.
Published in Strategy
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 10:25
Wine Victoria Welcomes the 2019/20 Victorian Budget Release
Wine Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government's announcement of a $5 million Wine to the World initiative, contained in the state Budget released today.
Wine Victoria Chair, Angie Bradbury said the announcement confirmed that the government has now funded the November 2018 election commitment, which aims to promote premium Victorian wines to the world.
"Exports of Victorian premium wines were valued at $451 million, growing both in volume and value, over the last 12 months," Ms Bradbury said.
"This new initiative will ensure our members can continue this trend, while also increasing our profile around the world," Ms Bradbury said.
A total of $5 million in funding commitments was allocated to the wine industry in the 2019/20 Budget including:
- Victorian Wine Showcase;
- Annual wine symposiums;
- Marketing campaigns to promote Victorian wines to international markets;
- Annual export training for Victorian winemakers; and
- Government-led trade missions.
The funds will be used to target key markets overseas in the USA and China.
Ms Bradbury said the industry was very pleased Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development the Hon Jaclyn Symes and Minister for Trade the Hon Martin Pajula, had again chosen to invest in our state's world-renowned winemakers and grape growers.
"The funding announcement in today's Budget shows the government understands the wine industry's importance to the economic future of regional Victoria and regional jobs," Ms Bradbury said.
"We look forward to working with the Victorian Government on these commitments and ensuring Victorian wine companies can continue to increase the domestic and international profiles of their wines," Ms Bradbury said.
Angela Scicluna, Wine Victoria