Notice to members: Proposed amalgamation of Australian Vignerons and Winemakers' Federation of Australia
As many of you know, there have been discussions over the years for reform of the grape and wine sector representative bodies, with a particular sentiment for greater unity and representation of the sector as a whole.
It is in response to this feedback that Australian Vignerons (AV) and Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) have been holding discussions to create a single advocacy body to represent the interests of grape growers and winemakers.
Our aim through this proposed amalgamation is to strengthen the voice of our industry in Canberra, increase efficiency and most importantly, ensure the interests of our members are advocated for at the highest level.
The Federal Government has advised that representation from a single body for the grape and wine sector would not only be welcomed, but also strengthen advocacy efforts.
We are now in the process of formally discussing what a single organisation could look like. The board members of WFA and AV have supported this move and we are working with external legal advisors to direct us down this path.
We believe that a single body will deliver better outcomes for grape growers and winemakers and will lead to sustainable long-term national representation for the Australian grape and wine sector.
The next steps:
The work we have achieved over many years to ensure the interests of grape growers are advocated for will continue. We look forward to being able to deliver more for our members, and the sector as a whole, should the membership of both AV and WFA support the proposed reform.
Members will be kept informed of the process as it evolves over the coming weeks.
Your opinion is important to us. If you have any ideas, issues or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly at any time on 0427 685 077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Vignerons
Independent Chair, Australian Vignerons
Earlier this month I attended the NSW Wine Industry Innovation Forum. The forum serves as an opportunity for the NSW Wine Industry to engage key personnel, across many technical disciplines and all regions to capture their perspective on the current research, development and extension needs for the NSW Wine Industry. While these events are always a great platform for Australian Vignerons, as a vigneron myself, I always listen to the technological and industry developments for growers with a keen ear.
The priorities for grape growers highlighted at the forum align with many of the goals Australian Vignerons is working towards improving. Grape prices, better recognition and measurement of objective quality measures and the need to maintain and improve access to agrichemicals. It was good to see that as an industry we are aligning our goals so we can better work together to achieve outcomes for growers.
Other highlights of the forum included:
Interestingly, one of the most critical issues to emerge at the forum was the absence of a younger generation of Viticulturists studying at university. Enrolments in Viticulture degrees at a university has declined in recent years with Curtin University in WA cancelling the degree after only 11 people enrolled one year. As an industry, this is definitely an area we need to work on if we are going to sustain our world-leading grape growing practices and standards.
Overall it was a fantastic event and grape growers have a lot to be excited about. We will keep you up to date with the latest developments to come out of the forum as they come to hand. Perhaps in the meantime have a chat to teenagers around you about viticulture, you never know, you may inspire their future career!