Are you experiencing problems controlling powdery mildew, downy mildew or Botrytis bunch rot? Samples of these diseases are needed from the main wine regions of Australia.
Nominations are sought for three Levy Payer-elected Director positions on the AWRI Board, which will become vacant on 31 December 2013. The AWRI's Constitution provides that there will be not less than seven nor more than 11 directors. Six of those directors are nominated and/or elected by organisations that pay the Wine Grapes Levy. Nominations close on Friday, 27 September 2013 at 5:00 pm.
After months of research and analysis the Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) have released their recommendations on how to restore profitability to Australia's wine industry.
Thursday, 05 September 2013

Gateway to Victoria's wine regions

With so many wine regions in Victoria we are very lucky indeed to have the best of the best on our doorstep!
The Upper Goulburn Winegrowers Association (UGWA) has decided to undertake a process of reform and now has two separate sub-regional committees under its umbrella.
Thursday, 05 September 2013

Responsible Winery Initiative

The Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) is launching a 'Responsible Winery Initiative' to encourage and highlight the industry's commitment to support responsible alcohol consumption in Australia.
The Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) has just launched a public consultation period for their proposed actions aimed at restoring the profitability of Australian wine businesses.
George Mihaly started his career in medical research, specialising in clinical pharmacology and spending much of his career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
The 6th international WineHealth forum was held in Sydney on the 18th-19th July. The forum brought together a range of international experts from the medicine, science and wine industries to discuss the impacts of wine consumption on human health. 
This month many members of the wine industry met in Sydney to discuss the future of wine in these interesting social and economic times.
Now based in Melbourne and working as a marketing consultant, Liz has held senior roles in the food and wine industry in the United States, Australia and Japan since 1992.
Wine lawyers, Finlaysons, point out that many distribution agreements contain clauses specifying that courts in a particular country will have sole jurisdiction over the agreement and any dispute arising out of it (“exclusive jurisdiction clauses”).
Wine Victoria has been very grateful to receive a donation from James Halliday for the amount of $3,500.
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has recently merged with the Department of Primary Industries to create the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).
Wednesday, 31 July 2013

AWRI Wine Calculators Go Mobile

The ‘Winemaking calculators’ is one of the most popular tools on the AWRI’s website and it receives an average of 19,000 hits per year.
There can be no argument that technology is changing the way companies interact with their customers. The direct-to-consumer model is slowly shifting the balance power amongst retailers and their suppliers. This shift has also reduced the tyranny-of-distance as micro businesses operating from home offices are reaching a global customer base. They are doing this through a savvy technology strategy and a great product, of-course! An example of this is www.crackawines.com.au. The site founders have cut through supermarket domination and established that consumers are willing to buy online to stock their cellars. Launched in October 2010 crackawines has experienced triple digit…
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) serves companies interested in using Hong Kong as their trade platform for China and beyond. They facilitate businesses to source, sell or produce competitively using Hong Kong partners and services. The Sydney Office assists small-medium businesses from Australia and New Zealand. The HKTDC is the organiser of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair (HKIWSF), one of the most important wine trade exhibitions in Asia. It's a key event for Australian wine exporters and service providers to attend and use as a platform to introduce new wines and promote their existing brands…
Over the past couple of weeks, the Wine Australia team has visited Victorian wine regions, and other parts of Australia, to talk about the benefits and opportunities for producers to showcase their wines at Savour Australia 2013, the biggest and most comprehensive wine forum to be held in Australia. Wine Australia discussed with producers the importance of showing a confident and united industry to the world at the three-day business forum, which is being held in Adelaide, from Sunday 15 September to Wednesday 18 September.
The Australian Wine Research Institute and Wine Victoria were proud to host the 'Vintage 2030 and beyond – producing quality wines in warmer times' Symposium on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 in Melbourne (The University of Melbourne). This symposium brought together Australia's best presenters and latest thinking on climate projections for key wine producing regions across Australia, and looked at novel ways the wine industry are adapting to these challenges both now and into the future. Presenters included:
Thursday, 23 May 2013

Update from the Chair

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,…
The issue of where the consumption of wine fits into a healthy lifestyle and a healthy society has been the topic of much conversation in the industry and the wider community of late. You may have noticed conflicting headlines in your local paper or on the radio, which have included "Raise your glass to better health", and "Red wine prevents cholesterol build up from meat." Alternatively we have also seen headlines such as "Alarm at drunk culture", "Women now abusing alcohol at similar levels to men" and "Teen drink habits stagger".
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Wine Victoria Strategy Overview

The WV Board has recently developed a draft strategy to identify and address the issues that are facing our members. The strategy is split into key areas and identifies short to medium term aims. As WV is a new organisation it is our intention to meet the short-term objectives, review our position, then to develop a long-term strategy to guide us into the future.
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