On 13 November 2018, members of both Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) and Australian Vignerons (AV), voted unanimously to amalgamate the two bodies and form a single, united peak industry body to represent the Australian grape and wine sector.
Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated (Australian Grape & Wine) will begin operations on 1 February 2019.
Australian Grape & Wine will be represented by 4 committees - Large Winemakers, Medium Winemakers, Small Winemakers and Vignerons. Each committee will provide 4 Directors to the new board for an initial term of one year.
The selection process for these positions has been undertaken by the respective members and the new board members will be announced shortly.
Australian Grape & Wine warmly welcomes winegrape growers to join as individual Vigneron members. As an introductory offer, winegrape growers who join as members before 30 June 2018 will enjoy an extended membership period up to 30 June 2020. I encourage you to take advantage of this offer and benefit from the work Australian Grape & Wine does on behalf of wine grape growers. This is your chance to have a voice on national policy areas that directly impact on your business.
Winegrape growers from South Australia who sell fruit and contribute to the South Australia Grape Growers Industry Fund will automatically become members of Australian Grape and Wine, receiving member updates through the Wine Grape Council of South Australia.
For further information about joining Australian Grape and Wine, or if you have any questions about your membership, please contact email@example.com
At this time of year we reflect on our achievements over the past 12 months. I am proud of what we have been able to achieve for growers this year. Highlights have included working with ACCC on their market study, as well as advocating on behalf of industry on national biosecurity decisions, spray drift management, agrichemical access and education in viticulture. Along with WFA, we have also provided input into Wine Australia’s $50m package, R, D and E investment, the development of a national sustainability program plan and national alcohol policy.
I look forward to achieving even more when we come together as a united national body.
2019 is set to be a big year in federal politics and you can be assured that the interests of grape growers and winemakers will be strongly represented to federal parliament.
I wish everyone a great time over the festive season and a safe and happy new year.
Chief Executive Officer
On 7 December 2018, the Presiding Member of the Geographical Indications Committee (GIC) published a notice of a final determination in relation to the Italian GI Avola in accordance with the Wine Australia Regulations 2018.
A notice of the final determination is available at www.wineaustralia.com/avola-final-determination
Once entered onto the Register of Geographical Indications and Other terms, this term will be afforded protection under the Wine Australia Act 2013.
Regulation 97 of the Wine Australia Regulations 2018 provides that any person whose interests are affected by a final determination may make an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of the determination.
Applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of the GIC’s final determination must be made by 5.00pm on Friday 4 January 2019.