Vintage Report Lunch: Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney
Be amongst the first to hear the official tally and outcomes of Vintage 2013 at the WCA Vintage Report Luncheon. On Friday, June 28, Winemakers' Federation of Australia (WFA) will release the highlights of its annual national vintage report simultaneously at special lunches in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The WCA Vintage Report Luncheon is a must attend event for anyone who has an interest in the Australian wine industry.
Sydney Wine Academy Announce Victorian WSET programs
Starting in May this year, the Sydney Wine Academy will offer Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses at two great locations in Victoria.
Special WCA Member Offer for Les Concours des Vin du NSW
WCA is a supporter of the inaugural Concours des Vins du New South Wales, to be held on Monday 13 June 2013, from 6.00pm - Wharf Restaurant @ Pier 2, Walsh Bay, Sydney. Organised by French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, WCA Members can enjoy the Chamber's Member's price of just $60. This is a saving of $20 on the full price.
Wine Australia - Chinese Visit to Australia
China’s wine trade and media get a taste for Australian wines in the regions. Thirty-two of China’s leading wine importers, distributors, retailers, food and beverage professionals and wine media are exploring some of Australia’s wine regions over the next week, tasting a diverse selection of wines and learning about Australia’s wine regions first hand, as part of the Vintage 2013 visit to showcase the quality of Australian wines.
Wine Australia Melbourne One Day Wine School
Wine Australia is presenting A+ One Day Wine School for the first time in Australia and aims to provide a deeper understanding of Australian wine and its regions. Aaron Brasher from Wine Australia and Philip Rich, Wine Judge and Financial Review Wine Journalist and partner of The Prince Wine Store will be conducting this informative class.
Wine Australia Sydney One Day Wine School
Wine Australia is presenting A+ One Day Wine School for the first time in Australia and aims to provide a deeper understanding of Australian wine and its regions. Aaron Brasher from Wine Australia and Nick Ryan, Wine Writer, Wine Judge, Wine Educator, Bon Vivant and Raconteur will be conducting this informative class.
Wine Australia announces partnership opportunities for 2013-14
Australian wine producers, brands and state and regional bodies will have the opportunity to partner with Wine Australia on a range of new activities in key markets around the world from July, as part of the latest Market Programs Prospectus User-Pays Activities 2013-14, released last week.
Wine Australia research project into UK Online Wine Market
Wine Australia is pleased to announce a major new research project into the UK online wine market. The project will look at the online market from both a retailer and consumer perspective, and will aim to identify new opportunities for Australian wine producers to grow their business within this key sales channel.
WCA Announces Wine Communicator Awards
Highly respected wine communicators Tyson Stelzer and Mike Bennie have been named Australia's top wine communicators, at the Wine Communicators of Australia 2013 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners lunch on Friday, February 15.
WCA announces exciting new staff appointment
WCA's delighted to announce the appointment of Jen Barwick in the role of Program Manager. This part-time role will take responsibility for delivering the strategic programs as approved by the WCA National Board. These programs include WCA Influential amongst others.
Wine Australia gives scholarship winners a chance to sip and explore
Wine Australia will bring eight of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) top graduates from around the world into some of Australia’s wine regions in March for a full immersion into Australian wine, as part of the Wine Australia/WSET scholarship program.
Australian wine exports grow in average value and volume
Australian wine exports grew in both average value and volume last year, according to the latest Wine Export Approvals Report December 2012, released by Wine Australia today. The report showed Australian wine exports increased by 3 per cent to 721 million litres (valued at A$1.85 billion) and the average value per litre increased, with bottled wine up 3 per cent to A$4.43 per litre and bulk wine up 2 per cent to A$1.03 per litre.
2012 WCA Communicator Awards Nominations Now Open
Wine Communicators of Australia is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2012 WCA Communicator Awards.
New Partnership to Bolster Australia’s Wine and Tourism Marketing Push
International marketing of two of Australia's biggest export sectors - wine and tourism - is about to be bolstered by a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Tourism Australia and Wine Australia, announced today.
WCA Chairs dinner / debate wrap up 20 November 2012
Oh what a night! A great night was had by all WCA members and guests at the WCA Chairs dinner/debate held at the Bayside Terrace, Darling Harbour in Sydney on Tuesday 20 November 2012.
TWE Media Release 19 November 12
It’s been another interesting week in the world of wine, with Treasury Wine Estates announcing plans for a major national distribution centre north of Adelaide and news of the huge success of single-serve wines in recyclable plastic containers.
Jefford says the Wine Writer is Dead
“The creature we used to call ‘a wine writer’ has died.” So said Andrew Jefford during an address at the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Izmir, Turkey, last week. Andrew Jefford was WCA's Annual Lecturer this year.
Great Debate Topic Announced
The topic for the 2012 WCA Great Debate is: "That Alcohol Advertising Should be Banned." Controversial? Certainly, but that is what the WCA Great Debates are all about. Bookings now open.
Save The Date for WCA Sydney Royal Wine Show Lunch
A highlight in the Sydney wine trade calendar, this is one event that you cannot afford to miss. It's on Friday 15 February 2013, so click Read More and SAVE THE DATE IN OUTLOOK NOW.
Royal Melbourne Wine Show Trade Buyer tasting
New in 2012, the RMWS is pleased to extend an FOC invitation to wine retail and on premise buyers to the 2012 RMWS Exhibitor’s tasting on Friday 26th October at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
WCA a winner at Royal Adelaide Wine Show Lunch
Over 400 WCA members and guests gathered to celebrate with the winners of the Royal Adelaide Wine Show at a "Sell-Out" WCA Award Winners' Luncheon on Friday 12 October. With such an overwhelming success for its flagship SA event, WCA is also a clear winner.
2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Seminars: 1. Argentine Malbec; 2. The Nordic Wine Market
In conjunction with the 2012 Royal Adelaide Wine Show are two seminars on Thursday 11 October 2012. 4pm - 5.30pm Part 1: A tasting of Argentinian Malbec. 5.30 - 6.15pm Part 2: Insights into Nordic Wine Market. See attached RAWS form to book & for more information.
Why is Prosseco Charming the World?
The Italian wine authorities have now protected the name of "Prosseco" to a geographically defined area outside Venice. However, Prosecco is also the internationally recognised and authorised name of the grape variety that is used to make this very popular sparkling wine. There is no actual place called "Prosseco". Is this debate heading in the direction of the protection now afforded to Claret and other generic names with European origins?
Wine Law webinar rated great success
Last Tuesday's WCA Wine-Law webinar was rated a great success in the attendee Exit Survey. The webinar featuring Will Taylor; Partner and Head of the Wine Business Unit at Finlaysons Law Firm, together with his colleague, Michael Butler; Tax Partner, covered all the hot legal topics in wine business.
Australian wine's business model in the UK
In 2007, UK wine consultant Mike Paul made headlines when he told WCA's Annual Lecture Audience that Australian wine's competitive advantage was fragile, because its model for success was too easy to replicate. Five years later he's been invited back to offer an updated assessment, at Outlook 2012, during a special session sponsored by WCA. Mike will update WCA Members during a FREE Member webinar. Registration available in early October
A ticket to travel for promising young Australian hospitality workers
Wine Australia, in conjunction with the Daniel Pontifex Memorial Trust, is in search of an outstanding, enthusiastic young Australian from the restaurant sector to win a travel bursary to the UK and Europe, to gain valuable experience in some of London’s and Paris’ finest restaurants, as part of the Daniel Pontifex Scholarship.
Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship
The Sydney Royal Wine Scholarships, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, is pleased to announce entries are now open for the Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship. This Scholarship is available to support an individual who demonstrates a passion for the Australian Wine Industry and who will play a part in shaping a positive future for the industry here in Australia.
Australian Wine Shows have a bright future
Some of the best and brightest talent of the Australian Wine Industry gathered in the Hunter Valley last weekend to do two very important things. Firstly, celebrate the birthday of Len Evans with a reunion of past scholars of the respected Len Evans Tutorial (LET) and secondly to discuss the future of the Australian Wine Show System in the 21st century.
Soms Aust Masquerade Ball Sunday 16 Sept 2012
Sommeliers Australia are offering WCA members - member prices for their fabulous annual Ball in Melbourne on Sunday night 16 September 2012.
WCA Free Webinar: Lawyers, Wine and (making you) Money
Now's your chance to learn from one of Australia's leading wine industry lawyers. In a special WCA Free Member Webinar on Tuesday 11 September, Will Taylor will present the legal perspective on a range of crucial issues facing wine makers, marketers and communicators - and answer any questions you care to raise.
WCA National Chair presents plenary at Outlook Conference
WCA National Chair, Angie Bradbury will present the Day Two plenary at Outlook, with a keynote presentation on the impact of social media on wine: "Has wine marketing been revolutionised by social media...or are the fundamentals just being repackaged in a new delivery technology." Angie will then run a “marketing bootcamp” later on in the program at Outlook.
New Bronze Sculpture for WCA Shiraz Trophy
This year the WCA Shiraz Trophy takes an exciting new look. Crafted by renowned Adelaide Hills bronze sculptor Tim Thomson, the newly commissioned trophy marks a significant occasion -being the first time the awards luncheon will be run under the auspices of Wine Communicators Australia (WCA) since transitioning from the South Australian Wine Press Club earlier this year.
2012 WCA Annual Lecture with Andrew Jefford. Transcript Available Now...
Following Andrew Jefford's brilliant lecture for WCA in May this year, Andrew's full transcript is now available for Members to download. The lecture was titled "Wine and Astonishment", with Andrew providing illuminating annd inspirational insights into what makes wine so astonishing.
WFA's 2012 Vintage Report
The Winemakers' Federation of Australia presented their Annual Vintage Report today, in simultaneous events hosted by WCA in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Both the 2012 Vintage Report and the 2012 Regional Report can be downloaded here.
New Chair for Wine Australia
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has today announced the appointment of Mr George Wahby as the new chairperson of the Wine Australia Corporation. Mr Wahby will lead Wine Australia as it develops new programs to increase sales of Australian wine and improve profits to the Australian wine industry.
WFA's Vintage Report goes National in 2012
A much anticipated event in the annual wine business calendar, WCA will host the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia as it releases its 2012 Vintage Report simultaneously in three capital cities; Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Superb wines, served with a special end of vintage lunch, prepared by the award winning chefs at The National Wine Centre in Adelaide, The Point in Melbourne and Establishment in Sydney. See the Events Page for more details and bookings.
WCA Launches Small and Medium Enterprise Membership
Many businesses in the wine industry are Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Recognising the importance of this industry sector, WCA has developed a special SME Corporate Membership package with a range of benefits specially designed for SMEs. ...
WSET Australian Diploma Graduates
An outstanding graduation event to commemorate the new Level 4 Diploma graduates based in Australia has been held in Sydney. All ten Diploma graduates and their guests celebrated this milestone at Fix St James restaurant where renowned wines from Fine Wine Partners and Wines of Australia’s Landmark Australia range were served. Jude Mullins, the WSET’s Business Development Director, Asia Pacific, together with Clive Hartley from the Sydney Wine Academy (part of the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE) presented each graduate with their diploma.
Andrew Jefford has arrived in Australia
International wine commentator,and 2012 WCA Annual Lecture presenter, Andrew Jefford, has arrived in Australia. The first lecture in Sydney was a stunning success. The subject was "Wine and Astonishment" and the series continues in Melbourne:24 May, Adelaide 29 May and Perth 30th. Book at Events.
New structure and options for Wine Australia Market Programs
Wine Australia is changing the way it delivers its Market Programs, adding more options and greater flexibility for individual wine businesses that want to be involved.
A+ Australian Wine Celebration kicks off
April is officially Australian Wine Month as the A+ Australian Wine Celebration kicks off across the country. Australians are being called on to get out and get involved in the country's biggest collaboration of wine events.
WFA Names New President
Tony D'Aloisio, the former Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), will be the next President of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia. He will succeed Barossa winemaker Peter Schulz, whose term concludes on 31 March 2012.
Industry Bodies Seek Merger
Industry Bodies Seek Merger of Statutory Authorities The wine sector’s peak industry bodies have formally proposed a merger of the Wine Australia Corporation (WAC) and Grape & Wine Research & Development Corporation (GWRDC). The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) have agreed a process and timeline to create a single, levy-funded statutory authority by January 2014.
Sydney Wine Show Wrap Up
WCA Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Awards Luncheon Wrap Up More than 370 members and guests enjoyed a dazzling array of trophy winning wines matched to award winning food at the annual WCA Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Lunch on Friday 17th February, 2012 held at The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
WCA Wine Communicator Awards 2012
WCA announces winners of prestigious Wine Communicator Awards. The WCA Wine Communicator Awards recognise outstanding contribution to, and excellence in, wine communication in all of its forms. The winners were announced on 17 February 2012 at the WCA Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners lunch.
Changes to Wine Export Approval System
Changes to Wine Export Approval System Australia has changed its approach to wine export approval, replacing mandatory pre-export testing with a more rigorous auditing presence. Exporters now do not need to submit each wine and wine label for approval, unless requested to do so. However, they must be licensed, comply with all health and safety requirements, be subject to audit and provide wine for comprehensive testing as required.