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.

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:

 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

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 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 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. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2020
 

SAMPLE COLLECTION SERVICE FOR SMOKE TAINT TESTING

 
The Victorian Government is resourcing the collection and transport of grape samples for the laboratory testing of smoke taint indicator compounds. This supports Victorian grapegrowers and winemakers and the broader Victorian Wine Industry during the current bushfire crisis. 
 
The collection initiative is serviced and funded by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions’ Agriculture Victoria. 
 
As vineyards are in different Phylloxera-management zones, movement of vine materials require specific certification to be received and sent on across zone and state borders. Agriculture Victoria staff will conduct quarantine inspections and provide permits and/or Plant Health Certificates as required at the designated collection point. Samples delivered to the collection point must be prepared according to laboratory instructions.
 
Frozen diagnostic samples must be in freezers at -18oC for a minimum of 24 hours prior to being brought into regional collection points listed below.

Samples will be collected and dispatched to laboratories by midday (12:00pm) on Mondays and Wednesdays, however with a first dispatch commencing this Thursday 23 January. 

Please note: no collection Australia Day Holiday, Monday 27 January.
 

Regional Collection Points*
NORTH EAST
Rutherglen DJPR Rutherglen 124 Chiltern Valley Rd, Rutherglen Matt Partridge 
(Winemakers of Rutherglen)
0428 744 434
King Valley Brown Brothers 239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa Sean Dean
(Wines of the King Valley)
0418 387 109
SOUTHERN VICTORIA
Yarra Valley Domaine Chandon 727 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream
(Loading Dock)
Caroline Evans
(Wine Yarra Valley)
 0409 190 646
Mornington Peninsula Moorooduc Estate 501 Derril Rd, Moorooduc
(Cellar Door Building 9am-4pm)
Jeremy Magyar
(MPVA)
0417 231 946
Gippsland Traralgon Vineyard Burnets Rd, Traralgon East Marg & Leon Hammond
5174 0557
(Please call before drop off)
 
* If your region is not listed in the current listed collection points, please contact Wine Victoria

 
There are two laboratories accredited to undertake Smoke Taint testing of grapes and wine. These are Vintessential Laboratories and Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). Grapegrowers/winemakers wishing to get samples tested for smoke taint resulting from the December 2019 – January 2020 bushfires should contact the laboratory of their choice directly to make sure that the laboratory can schedule the incoming samples and provide results within the required timeframe.
 
 
To submit to AWRI:

  • Read the guidelines for the collection of samples for smoke taint analysis in this link
  • Ensure your sample is accompanied by a submission form
  • Label your sample correctly. Attach these labels to your samples
  • Register with the AWRI as a client. If you do not have an existing account register in the AWRI system as a client 
To submit to Vintessential Laboratories:
  • Read the guidelines for the collection of samples for smoke taint analysis in this link
  • Ensure all samples are correctly labelled, attach these labels to your samples 
  • Grape samples from the Mornington Peninsula sent to Vintessential do not require a permit as they are in the same Phylloxera Management Zone
 
For more Bushfire Recovery Support information:
  • The Victorian government provides a range of bushfire recovery supportbushfire recovery support including financial support for business, personal and family support as well as practical information for managing farms after a bushfire. 
  • Wine Victoria will continue to communicate upcoming industry announcements regarding the bushfire response both directly and on our Facebook page.
  • The AWRI offers a free confidential technical support service to the Australian wine sector, if you have any enquiries on smoke taint please contact the AWRI Helpdesk (08) 8313 6600 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information and queries on this initiative:

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North East Victoria

Andy Clark

M| 0436 804 656

 

Southern Victoria

Yan Lai

M|0436 830 944 

 

AWRI

Eric Wilkes

M| 0408 745 280

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Vintessential Laboratories

Wally Ceccato

M| 0439 864 240

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Friday, 04 October 2019 15:27

Annual General Meeting 2019

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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. 

More information: 
Rachael Sweeney
Wine Victoria Executive Officer
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:02

Wine Victoria China Export Academy

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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:

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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:

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Download our Frequently Asked Questions document and our fact sheet below.

Freqently Asked Questions                                                              Fact Sheet

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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. 

--ENDS--

Media Contact:

Angela Scicluna, Wine Victoria

Ph: (03) 8658 5715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.