A toast to new Wine Ministerial Advisory Council members

Written by  Wine Victoria Tuesday, 20 October 2015

October 16, 2015

Wine Victoria has today welcomed the Victorian Government's announcement on industry members who will form a newly established Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee.
The announcement was made last night by the Minister for Agriculture, The Hon Jaala Pulford at the annual 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) where many Victorian wineries were acknowledged for excellence.

Wine Victoria Chair Damien Sheehan, who was selected for the committee, said the announcement was timely, taking place no a night when the depth of Victoria's winemaking talent and premium products were celebrated.

"On behalf of our industry I am eager to work the Minister and fellow industry representatives on the development of programs that will grow key wine export markets and localised tourism activities.
"Our association has been making the case for a strong partnership arrangement between government and industry to grow export markets, particularly in the US and China, especially now that the dollar is making our industry far more competitive.

"Equally we know that strong tourism visitation to our regions enables our members to build relationships with their customers and ease some of the pressure of relying on the current retail monopoly."

Mr Sheehan also acknowledged the three additional Wine Victoria representatives named on the committee.
"I am thrilled to be sharing this committee with fellow Wine Victoria Board Member Angie Bradbury and two of our Future Leaders - Katherine Brown and Michael Dalzotto," said Mr Sheehan.

-ENDS-

For more information:

Rachael Sweeney
Wine Victoria Executive Officer
0422 067 858

Note: next page is the full list of Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee

About Wine Victoria:

Wine Victoria is the peak body representing the Victorian wine industry. We advocate on behalf of the wine industry ensuring our members remain a high priority with the Victorian Government and our national governing bodies.

Key Facts on the Victorian Wine Industry:

The Victorian wine industry has:
− 21 distinct wine regions that span the entire state
− More than 25,000 hectares of vines
− 800 wineries and 3000 vineyards
− Employs 12,000 people
− An estimated economic value of $1.5 billion per annum
− Approximately 1.5 million winery visitors per year
− In 2014, 23 million bottles of wine were produced, of which 60 per cent were export ready.

The full list of Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee Members are:
− Mr Damian Sheehan representing the Grampians region (Wine Victoria Chair, Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee member)
− Mr Chris Dent representing the Murray Darling and Swan Hill regions (Murray Valley Wine Growers Inc member)
− Ms Angie Bradbury representing all Victoria (Wine Victoria Board member)
− Ms Natalie Pizzini representing the King Valley region (Victorian Food and Wine Tourism Council member)
− Mrs Kim Chalmers representing the Murray Darling and Heathcote regions
− Ms Nicole Esdaile representing the Yarra Valley region
− Mr Leigh Devine representing Heathcote, Yarra Valley and Rutherglen regions
− Mr John Harris representing the Pyrenees region
− Miss Katherine Brown representing the King Valley region (Wine Victoria Future Leaders Committee)
− Mr Neil Burgess representing South West region of Victoria
− Dr Mark Krstic representing all Victoria
− Ms Nikki Palun representing Sunraysia, King Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley regions
− Mr Michael Dalzotto representing the Whitfield and North East Victoria regions (Wine Victoria Future Leaders Committee).