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.

Bendigo Wine
Monday, 22 April 2013 13:26

The first grapevines were planted in Bendigo in 1856 just after the start of the gold rush. The local soils have long proven to be ideally suited to viticulture. The grapes here are only minimally irrigated and ultimately handcrafted into premium wines.

Fast Facts

Climate - Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters with some variation in meso-climatic conditions due to elevation, slope and aspect.

Soils - Brownish loamy sand to clay loam soils over a stony clay base, with significant patches of gold-bearing quartz gravel sub-soils. Overall, the soils are acidic and fairly low in nutrients, needing lime, gypsum and supplementary water. The tendency to low yields is undoubtedly the reason why the region provides red wines of such depth and strength.

Harvest - Mid-March to End April

Wines - Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz

Rachael Sweeney – Executive Officer
Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:00

Rachael Sweeney is a big picture thinker who is able to convert ideas and complicated issues into implementable, award-winning strategies and campaigns.

Working through various channels, Rachael has captured the attention of community, government and industry stakeholders.

Rachael was the Strategic Communications Manager for one of Australia's largest public transport infrastructure projects. She has also held senior consulting roles where she managed the government relation's activities for various organisations focused on regional development issues.  

Rachael has 10 years' experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts Public Relations (major - politics). She has received both a national and state award for excellence in her field.

Ross Wilson – Board Member
Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:00

Ross has had a long and successful career managing some of Australia's most successful corporations. He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tabcorp between 1994 and 2002, and prior to this was CEO of Southcorp. He held this position from 1987, and under his stewardship the company moved from being a relatively small brewing and packaging company, to one of Australia's largest publicly listed manufacturers. Today Ross and his wife Robyn currently own and run Medhurst Wines in the Yarra Valley.

Damien Sheehan - Board Member
Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:00

Damien is a qualified viticulturist who has worked in the wine industry since 1991. He is currently General Manager and Viticulturist at Mount Langi Ghiran. Previous industry roles have included Chair of the Viticulture Sub-Committee of the Victorian Wine Industry Association and member of the Steering Committee of the Viticulture Market Order (IDC). Damien is currently Chair of the Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee, member of the Joint Governance Committee for the Victorian Node of the Australian Wine Research Institute and co-chair of the Industry/DSE Forum (Fire Management).

Terms and Conditions
Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:23

This following document sets forth the terms and conditions about using information taken from the Wine Victoria website,

1. Introduction

The Terms of Use of the Wine Victoria website include these Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Notice.

2. Website content and access

While Wine Victoria endeavours to take reasonable care in preparing and maintaining the information on this website we do not warrant the accuracy, reliability, adequacy or completeness of any of the website content. You acknowledge and accept that the website content may include technical inaccuracies and typographical errors. The website content is subject to change at any time without notice and may not necessarily be up to date or accurate at the time you view it.

It is your responsibility to enquire with us directly to ensure the accuracy and currency of the material or information you seek to rely upon. To the extent permitted by law Wine Victoria disclaims all liability for loss directly or indirectly arising from your use of or reliance on the website and the website content.

Wine Victoria does not guarantee that access to the Wine Victoria website will be uninterrupted or that the website is free from viruses or anything else which may damage any computer which accesses the Wine Victoria website or any data on such a computer.

3. Limitation of liability

To the maximum extent permitted by law Wine Victoria excludes completely all liability whatsoever for any loss or damage of any kind (including special, indirect or consequential loss and including loss of business profits) however caused (including negligence) arising out of or in connection with the website content and the use or performance of the Wine Victoria website.

4. Intellectual property

The materials displayed on this website, including without limitation all editorial materials, information, photographs, illustrations, artwork and other graphic materials, and names, logos and trademarks, are the property of Wine Victoria and are protected by copyright, trade mark and other intellectual property laws. Any such content may be displayed and printed solely for your personal, non-commercial use within your organisation only provided that any copyright notice on such a display or page is not removed. You agree not to reproduce, retransmit, distribute, disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate any such material to any third party without the express prior written consent of Wine Victoria.

Save for the above, and unless expressly granted, Wine Victoria does not grant any licence or right in, or assign all or part of, its intellectual property rights in the content or applications incorporated into the Wine Victoria website or in the user interface of the Wine Victoria website.

5. Submissions

Any material you send to us on or via the Wine Victoria website will be deemed to be non-confidential and non-proprietary. This includes any data, questions, comments, suggestions, ideas or other information. We will be entitled to use such material for any purpose without compensation to you.

6. Third party websites

The Wine Victoria website may contain links to other websites operated, controlled or produced by third parties. Unless otherwise indicated, Wine Victoria does not control, endorse, sponsor or approve any such third party websites or their content nor does Wine Victoria provide any warranty or take any responsibility whatsoever for any aspect of those websites or their content.

7. Links to Wine Victoria website

If you wish to establish a link to this website, you must first seek approval from Wine Victoria. The following information will be required to assess your request:

  1. the URL of the website that you seek to establish a link from
  2. a brief description of your website
  3. the reason that you wish to establish a link.

If Wine Victoria agrees to your proposed link, you must comply with any terms and conditions imposed by Wine Victoria as a condition of such agreement. If the nature and/or content of your website changes in any significant way, you must contact Wine Victoria and provide a new description of your website.

8. Interference with website

You must not attempt to change, add to, remove, deface, hack or otherwise interfere with this website or any material or content displayed on the Wine Victoria website.

9. Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the State of Victoria, Australia. In the event that a dispute arises from these Website Terms and Conditions, you agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria, Australia.

Privacy Policy
Saturday, 20 April 2013 21:44

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for the Wine Victoria website,

Wine Victoria is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals.

How to contact us

Wine Victoria is committed to working with its users to obtain a fair resolution of any complaint or concern about privacy.

To contact us with a compliment, complaint or a privacy question, you can:

Write to us at:

Wine Victoria

Level 1

270 Lorimer Street

Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Email us at:

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Your acknowledgement of our Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is published on our website in order to meet our obligation under National Privacy Principle 5.1 which requires us to set out our policies on the management of personal information in a clearly expressed document which is available to anyone who asks for it.
Without limiting the generality of the above statement, your use of this website constitutes an acknowledgement that you have been made aware of our privacy policies.

This policy does not create or confer upon any individual any rights, or impose upon Wine Victoria any rights or obligations outside of, or in addition to, those rights or obligations imposed by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), or related legislation ('the legislation'). Should there be, in a specific case, any inconsistency between this statement and the Act, this statement shall be interpreted, in respect of that case, to give effect to, and comply with the legislation.

Personal information

Personal information means information we hold about you from which your identity is either apparent or can be reasonably determined.
Collection covered by this Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to situations in which Wine Victoria collects your personal information.
Our website contains links to other websites. Wine Victoria is not responsible for the privacy policies of those other websites. We recommend you review the privacy policies of each site you visit.

Collection of your personal information

There are many aspects of this site which can be viewed without providing personal information, however, for any access to Wine Victoria customer support features, members’ only areas or electronic newsletter registration you may be required to submit personally identifiable information. This may include but not be limited to a unique username and password, or provide sensitive information in the recovery of your lost password.

Uses and sharing

We use personal information you provide only for purposes consistent with the reason you provided it, or for a directly related purpose.

Generally, we will not use your personal information to market to you unless we have either your implied or express consent but in situations where it is impractical to obtain your prior consent, we will ensure you have an ability to opt out of future such communications.

We do not share your personal information with other organisations unless you give us your express consent, or where sharing is otherwise required or permitted by law, or where this is necessary on a temporary basis to enable our contractors to perform specific functions.

For each visitor to reach the site, we expressively collect the following non-personally identifiable information, including but not limited to browser type, version and language, operating system, pages viewed while browsing the Site, page access times and referring website address. This collected information is used solely internally for the purpose of gauging visitor traffic, trends and delivering personalized content to you while you are at this Site.

Information sharing

We have a strict duty to maintain the privacy of all personal information we hold about you. However, certain exceptions do apply. For example, where disclosure of your personal information is:

  • authorised or required by law 
e.g. disclosure to various government departments and agencies such as the Australian Taxation Office, CentreLink, Child Support Agency, or disclosure to courts under subpoena.
  • in the public interest 
e.g. where a crime, fraud or misdemeanour is committed or suspected, and disclosure against the customer's rights to confidentiality is justified.
  • with your consent 
Your consent may be implied or express and it may also be verbal or written.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Wine Victoria reserves the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time. If you have any objections to this Privacy Policy, you should not access or use the Site.

Accessing Your Personal Information

You have a right to access your personal information, subject to exceptions allowed by law. If you would like to do so, please let us know. You may be required to put your request in writing for security reasons. Wine Victoria reserves the right to charge a fee for searching for, and providing access to, your information on a per request basis.

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