Bill Blamires, Bendigo Wingrowers Association; Damien Sheehan, Wine Victoria Chair; Hon Jacinta Allan, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development at Labor's election announcement in Bendigo today Media ReleaseNovember 24, 2014 Wine Victoria welcomes plan to grow wine tourism and exports   Wine Victoria today welcomed the Labor Party's pre-election announcements to invest in the Victorian Wine Industry through key policy areas including tourism, international exports, biosecurity and regional job creation.Wine Victoria chair Damien Sheehan said the commitments are an excellent example of what the association has been recommending to both parties during the state election campaigns.Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development Jacinta Allan today announced a $1 million plan, which includes:• dedicated funds to boost cellar door visits with the creation of a Victorian Wine…
Victorian Government to Host Inbound Super Trade Mission Wine Victoria today welcomed the Victorian Government's intention to host an inbound Super Trade Mission to promote Victoria's wine to the world. The Victorian wine industry is an important exporting partner for the Victorian Government, particularly as wine is one of Victoria's most valuable food exports. Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan said that the association has been making the case for the Government to partner with industry on more inbound wine-based trade missions. "We are particularly interested in trade missions that bring the world's wine influencers directly into our regions. "Here they will taste wine poured by our winemakers, seated…
Wine Victoria Names New Board Members Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan, has welcomed four new members to the Wine Victoria Board. The Hon. Patrick McNamara, Dr Richard McIntyre, Ms Angie Bradbury and Mr Roger Sharp will join the Board effective immediately. Mr Sheehan said the Victorian wine industry was fortunate to be guided by such highly regarded professionals. "Our new members are well respected experts in their respective fields and bring to the Board a wealth of experience and expertise across the areas of government relations and politics, tourism, industry communications, winemaking and viticulture." The Hon Patrick McNamara was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly…
Wine Victoria Welcomes Investment in R&D to fight Phylloxera Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan, today welcomed the announcement of a two-year research partnership between the Victorian Government and the Australia Grape and Wine Authority to fight a vineyard pest – Phylloxera. "Wine Victoria has made representations to the State Government on the need to continue to invest in research and development activities that will help to address this biosecurity issue. We are very pleased with the $580,000 partnership," Mr Sheehan said. Phylloxera attacks the roots of European grapevines (Vitis vinifera) eventually killing those vines it infests and moving on to others. The only remedial action is to remove these…
Wine Victoria Welcomes State Budget Wine Victoria today welcomed the Investments featured in Victorian Government's 2014-15 State Budget. Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan said that of particular value to the wine industry was the Government's commitment to: Boost exports of premium food and beverage products into Asian markets as part of the Government's Food and Agriculture into Asia plan; and Fund major campaigns to be undertaken in interstate markets to maintain awareness and tourist visitation to regional Victoria. Victoria has 21 distinct wine regions that span the state. There are more than 800 wineries that produce a wide range of wine varieties that are exported to more than 80 countries. There…
Wine Victoria - Board of Directors - Call for Interest Wine Victoria is seeking the services of three suitably qualified persons to become members of the Wine Victoria Board of Directors. Background:Wine Victoria is the peak body representing the Victorian wine industry. The organisation advocates on behalf of the wine industry ensuring our members remain a high priority with the Victorian Government and our national governing bodies. The association is supported by two key governance bodies, the Wine Victoria Board and a council of Victoria's 21 wine regions. Our mission is to develop and enhance the long-term sustainability of the Victorian wine industry. Wine Victoria advocates on the following issues:…
Thursday, 12 December 2013

Wine Victoria Names New Chair

Wine Victoria Names New Chair - Damien Sheehan Viticulturist, Damien Sheehan, has been named the new Chair of Wine Victoria (WV) at the industry association's 2013 Annual General Meeting. Damien is currently the General Manager at Mount Langi Ghiran, a winery located in the Grampians region. He is also the current Chair of the Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee. Damien takes over the WV Chairman role at a time when the industry is being battered by a perfect storm of a high Australian dollar that is impacting export demand and growing retailer power limiting domestic market growth. These issues were highlighted in recent WV survey where almost 45 per…
Wine Industry Considers Profitable Future Wine Victoria (WV) today met with Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) and industry leaders in Melbourne to consider the future of Victoria's wine industry. According to a report recently released by the WFA, this iconic regional industry is being battered by the perfect storm of a high Australian dollar, falling export demand, oversupply of product and growing retailer power. WV Chair, Stephen Strachan said that these issues were real and hitting the Victorian wine industry hard. In a recent WV survey almost 45 per cent of respondents indicated that they did not make a profit in the 2011-12 financial year.…
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