Wine Victoria

Wine Victoria

Wine Victoria is the peak body representing the Victorian wine industry. The body advocates and responds to issues affecting the industry, and promotes the many wine regions of Victoria.

Update from the Chair
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

Welcome to the May edition of the Wine Victoria (WV) newsletter. As our State and National Leaders are releasing their respective budgets, it is time to think about the government's agenda and the importance of advocacy. Recent events within the State Government have highlighted the value of a collaborative advocacy agenda for Victorian wineries and grape growers.

In an environment where governments are chasing every dollar saving they can find, it is becoming apparent that industry groups who stand up and advocate for their future will have the best chance of having an informed government to make the right decisions, not necessarily the expedient ones.

Members
Saturday, 27 April 2013 21:47

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Board Members
Saturday, 27 April 2013 21:46

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Industry News
Thursday, 25 April 2013 15:45

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Events
Thursday, 25 April 2013 15:31

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Wine Industry Considers Profitable Future
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

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.

"Our survey results were startling and what most people don't realise is that when in comes to Victorian wineries: more than 90 per cent are small businesses, they are regional employers and they are one of the last regionally-based manufacturing industries that value-adds" he said.

At the meeting WV welcomed the recommendations the WFA made in relation to;

  • Addressing retailer power particularly in relation to an industry code of conduct
  • The opportunities for industry to work with governments at all levels on increasing export opportunities for Victorian wine in growing international markets
  • Reforming the Wine Equalisaton Tax Rebate to prevent instances of abuse and rorting.

WV stressed the importance of retaining the WET Rebate for those regional wineries that were the initial intended recipients.

WV remains in strong opposition to any processes of review that does not first seek to fully understand the impact of the WET Rebate on the profitability of the Victorian Wine Industry.

The inaugural 2013 Wine Victoria Industry survey identified that more than two thirds of wineries that are currently making a profit would close their doors if the WET Rebate was removed.

More information on the industry expert review can be found herehere.

For a PDF version of this media release please click here.

Interview opportunities:
Wine Victoria Chair, Mr Stephen Strachan

Contact details for more information or to obtain a high res version of the photos below:
Rachael Sweeney
Executive Officer, Wine Victoria
Mob: 0422 067858
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Mornington Peninsula
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:00

This region is where the stunning coastline meets the gently rolling hills. The Mornington Peninsula produces a wide variety of wines. There are now over 50 cellar doors and more than 200 vineyards spread across this beautiful region.

Fast Facts


Climate - Surrounded by Bass Strait, Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay, this is one of Australia’s true maritime wine regions. It experiences relatively high summer humidity, low stress, and abundant sunshine hours, and plentiful rainfall during winter and spring. The late ripening provided by a prolonged gentle autumn results in fully ripe grapes with outstanding fruit flavours, high natural acidity and fine tannins.

Soils - Soils range from the red volcanic soils of Red Hill, to the sedimentary duplex yellow of Tuerong, to brown duplex of Merricks and the sandier clay loom in Moorooduc.

Harvest - March/April – May

Wines - predominantly Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, with Pinot Gris and Shiraz the rising stars.

www.mpva.com.au

Geelong
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:57

Geelong wines are the expression of a cool climate, rich soils and a unique history. Low rainfall produces a rich concentration of flavour, aroma and colour. From the maritime breezes of the Bellarine and the Surf Coast, to the dark volcanic top soils of Moorabool and dry, rocky outcrops at Anakie, sub-regional nuances add complexity to the wine styles.

Fast Facts

Climate – Cool with an extended ripening period and low rainfall averaging between 500mm-600mm per annum. Strong winds provide good airflow within the canopy, assisting in the natural control of vine disease.

Soils – Red-brown clay loams to Biscay black cracking clay, which forms a finely cracked surface crust

Harvest – Early March to end April 

Wines – Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir

http://www.winegeelong.com.au/

Murray Darling
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:57

The Murray River is the centrepiece for this warm climate region of Australia. Vast and reliant upon irrigation, this is the second largest wine region in Australia. There are about 1,300 growers and 23,000 hectares of vineyards, producing up to 400,000 tonnes annually.

Fast Facts

Climate – Hot with long sunshine hours, low humidity and negligible growing season rainfall all contribute to making irrigation essential. The continental influence is strong, with consequent high shifts in diurnal temperature ranges but insufficient to make spring frosts a problem. 

Soils – Unique to the Murray River system and known as calcareous earth, ranging from brown to red-brown loamy sand, sandy loam or loam.

Harvest – Early/mid-February to March

Wines – Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, other table wines

King Valley
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:00

Wine grapes have been grown on the Oxley Plains since last century, with the Brown family operating their well-known winery at Milawa from 1889. There are now over 70 families in the King Valley dependent on grapes as their primary source of income. The total vineyard area in the King Valley is 1800ha, representing half of all plantings in North East Victoria.

The King Valley produces many high-quality wines using traditional grape varieties, but also successfully produces Italian varietals such as Prosecco and Sangiovese.

Prosecco
King Valley is the birthplace of Australian-made premium prosecco. A number of styles are now produced within the valley - fresh, crisp styles displaying delicate citrus and apple characters are enjoyed in their youth, while more complex toasty styles are served after some time in bottle.

Sangiovese
King Valley now leads the way as Australia's premier region for Sangiovese. The wine shows savoury, dark cherry flavours and earthy characters with fine tannins and cleansing acidity.

Fast Facts

Climate – Warm days and cool nights, influenced by the katabatic breeze that sweeps northward down the valley from the high country. Ripening varies with climatic differences down the valley, influencing the styles of wine.

Soils – The variations in topography, soils and climate provide an ideal location for growing the world’s finest wine varieties, hailing from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia.

Harvest – Mid-March to late May

Wines -
Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, Arneis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Marzemino, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Tannat and Vermentino

http://www.winesofthekingvalley.com.au/http://www.winesofthekingvalley.com.au/

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