A final determination has been made by the Geographical Indications Committee in accordance with Regulation 92 of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Regulations 1981 (AGWA Regulations) in relation to 886 foreign Geographical Indications.
A full list can be viewed here.
Subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (AAT Act), application may be made, by on behalf of any person whose interests are affected by the determination, to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the determination.
Unless subsection 28(4) of the AAT Act applies, application may be made in accordance with section 28 of that Act by or on behalf of that person for a statement in writing setting out the findings on material questions of fact, referring to the evidence or other material on which those findings were based and giving the reasons for the determination.
If a decision has been made under AGWA Regulation 67, AGWA Regulation 68 or AGWA Regulation 80 before the final determination:
no application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal may be made in respect of that decision; and
an appeal lies to the Federal Court in respect of that decision under Regulation 85.
For further information contact Rachel Triggs, Registrar of Geographical Indications and Other Terms at email@example.com.
The Federal Government has released its draft National Alcohol Strategy which aims to provide a national framework to prevent and minimise alcohol-related harms among individuals, families and communities.
Growers need to be aware of the implications of legislation in this area and the impact that it could have on our industry.
Australian Vignerons supports the use of targeted, evidence-based policy measures to address medical and social problems emanating from excessive alcohol consumption. However, we are concerned that despite the good intentions of the proposals in the NAS, it is not a targeted approach to solving problems.
Most of the suggestions in the NAS are population-wide measures including minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol and excise based taxation systems for wine.
While we note that the draft NAS does not reflect Australian Government policy, we are concerned at these proposals for the following reasons:
There is great potential for widespread support through a focused and collaborative approach with the many stakeholders that have so much invested in their respective industries.
Now is the time for our voices to be heard. Let's start making some noise and protect the future of our industry.
Chief Executive Officer
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We've rounded up the latest news from growers across the country to find out how their harvest is progressing.
Warm inland regions across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales are reporting yields close to long term average, with cool nights leading to good fruit quality. Following earlier hot spells the recent cool weather has seen ripening slow somewhat, leading to a delay in harvest for some varieties.
Reports of yields for the temperate and coastal regions in SA and Victoria vary, with some saying that they are slightly lower than the long-term average, but quality is very good. Grape maturity seems to be progressing well in these regions.
Western Australia has reported excellent quality fruit due to cool and dry periods in the build up to harvest. The white varieties being harvested at the moment look exceptional. The predicted warmer weather over the next few weeks comes at the perfect time to finish ripening of red varieties.
Tasmania is reporting strong yields with good fruit set, and while there were some earlier concerns about the heat around Australia Day, the vines and fruit still look good. The generally dry conditions has meant a good progress in ripening and very low disease pressure during harvest.
Jonathan Lord is a proud member of our board of volunteer independent directors. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the wine industry to the board and has worked in roles right across the wine industry. Read on and discover why Jonathan believes it is so important for growers to have representation at a national level.
What is your past experience in the wine grape industry?
My first job during university was at a Vintage Cellars. When I started I only knew the difference between red and white wine and not much else. My favourite wine was a Padthaway Cabernet Merlot...it’s safe to say that most customers walked out with a bottle of that, even if they were looking for a sparkling wine!
Once I started to learn about wine, something inside of me clicked and a passion for the industry was ignited. I was fortunate enough to join Rosemount Estate as one of my first ever jobs outside of university and from there it has grown.
I have worked in various roles across the industry, from finance to strategy, planning and product development. I’ve also worked vintages in Marlborough and Sonoma to gain hands on experience.
I am currently the CEO for Winemaking Tasmania. I lead a great team of people who craft 250 different wine and ciders on behalf of clients. Our goal is to be Tasmania’s best producer of premium alcoholic beverages with a specific focus on wine and cider. I’m very fortunate that what I do for a living is what I would do for free everyday!
Why is it so important for wine grape growers to have representation at a national level?
Grape growers are the largest part of the wine industry. By circumstance, wine grape growers are the start of the supply chain and as a result there is a tendency from large corporations to take advantage of this position. It is important for growers to have their voice heard and ensure that their livelihood is not taken advantage of.
Australian Vignerons is there for growers to seek advice, gain support and amplify the voice of many growers into one clear message.
The Australian Vignerons board is a skill based board of independent directors. What specific skills do you have that you think will help Australian wine grape growers?
I am a generalist. Over the past 20 years I have seen all aspects of the wine industry and I bring a well-rounded set of skills. As CEO of a wine making business I understand both sides of the equation. I know how much effort it takes for growers to get their grapes to the winery, the costs involved and the importance of a good year. I also understand the perspective of a winery and the logistics involved. I believe this holistic view gives me a great perspective to help Australian wine grape growers.
What challenges do you see on the horizon for Australian wine grape growers? How will Australian Vignerons help?
I see the challenges for wine grape growers to be consistent across all regions. While there might be different values and demand for grapes in every region, there’s always large players exercising onerous conditions or not operating on a fair playing field.
Mutually beneficial relationships are vital to sustaining the Australian wine industry. Australian Vignerons helps level the playing field. Growers can lean on us for advice or engage us to lobby on their behalf. Advocacy on behalf of growers is a positive aspect of a healthy wine industry.
What’s the most rewarding part of being involved in Australian Vignerons?
Everyone on the board of Australian Vignerons is a volunteer and we all devote significant time and energy to the role. For me, just being involved is a rewarding experience. The board is a passionate group of people who care about wine grape growers and the wider wine industry. I enjoy being a part of that and working together to achieve better outcomes for growers.
What variety of wine are you enjoying at the moment?
Tasmanian chardonnay is my choice at the moment. We have some fantastic growers down here that are producing amazing grapes. I enjoy the variety and diversity of the wines from the different regions of Tassie.