For the past 18 months a national steering committee, comprised of representatives from the AWRI, Australian Vignerons, McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, Wine Australia and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, has been working to improve the way sustainability programs are delivered to the Australian grape and wine sector.
In August last year, the steering committee commissioned an independent, holistic independent review of the current global sustainability landscape.
The review sought to understand:
The review included 65 interviews with a diverse selection of industry personnel – both in Australia and overseas – including independent growers, regional associations, international buying managers (trade customers), national bodies and marketing and finance executives. The final report is highly detailed and includes 31 recommendations for future research, development, member engagement and marketing.
In brief, the report recommends that:
The report recommendations have been included in a business plan which is expected to be implemented in the next 12 months.
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Text source: Entwine Australia June Newsletter