In a historic event for the Australian wine industry, members of Australian Vignerons (AV) and Winemakers' Federation of Australia have agreed to amalgamate and form Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated (AGWI). This decision marks a positive turning point for our industry that we can all be proud of.
Bringing wine grape growers and winemakers into one national advocacy body is a win for everyone. Grape growing in Australia has a long history and a prosperous grape growing industry and good viticulture underpins our entire wine industry.
Grape growing is key not just for winemaking, but also cellar doors, our famous wine regions, wine industry suppliers as well as the many tourism and hospitality businesses that greatly benefit from our industry. The benefits of a healthy Australian wine industry flow through the entire business chain.
Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated (AGWI) will work towards providing greater unity and representation of the wine sector as a whole. Our goal will be to focus on the big issues that our industry faces including health, safety and environmental issues, biosecurity, government policy and market access. As a single National advocacy body we will have a stronger united voice on these critical issues.
The AGWI constitution has been put together in a collaborative way with a great deal of consideration for all members. It provides for a governance arrangement that will effectively represent the wide range of businesses that make up the Australian grape and wine industry.
The official date for the new body is likely to be early in the new year. For information about joining or to have your say, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year the Federal Government launched the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (ERWSP). This is an exciting development which aims to grow the Australian Wine Sector with an allocation of $50 million worth of grants and funding over four years.
We played a significant role in the development of the business plan to ensure grape growers were well represented and primed to benefit from the funding on offer.
Wine Australia has indicated that the final sign off on the draft guidelines is imminent which means the opportunity to apply for grants will open soon.
I encourage all grape growers to learn as much as they can about the ERWSP. This package is a much-needed boost to the industry and it is up to all of us to capitalise on this opportunity.
We have put together an overview of the package and what it means for growers on here.
To find out more about the package as a whole, visit the Wine Australia website. For more information about the grants, click here.
I look forward to grape growers across Australia building their business and making the most of this evolution of the wine sector.
Chief Executive Officer
0403 520 242
Much like a vineyard, the past 12 months at Australian Vignerons has been a case of nurturing, guiding and watching hard work come to fruition.
In late 2016 the future of Australian Vignerons was in doubt. A combination of financial restraint and continued support from you, our members, has led us to become financially secure for the future.
So what does the future of Australian Vignerons look like? Very positive. We have welcomed a new independent board. Each member of the board has been chosen for their specific skills which will be put to work representing our members in their core areas of concern. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media pages as we profile the board members over the coming months.
The small team at Australian Vignerons is hard at work amplifying the voice of Australian wine grape growers. We have been a key part of the Export and Regional Wine Support Package (read more about this below) and the recent biosecurity concerns surrounding Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus (GPGV). We are also increasing awareness of what we do and are committed to working for the benefit of our members and the wine sector as a whole.
We are here to represent and work for the benefit of all who grow and make wine in Australia. I encourage members to get in touch if you have an idea, issue or concern. Let's work together to enhance the Australian wine industry.
Chief Executive Officer
0403 520 242