NINE months on since a grape industry merger and things are going swimmingly, according to a recent meeting.
Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated (Australian Grape & Wine) held its inaugural annual general meeting in Adelaide last month.
The group was formed from a merger of Wine Grape Growers Australia and Winemakers' Federation of Australia on February 1 this year.
Australian Grape & Wine presented its results for its first year of operation with chief executive, Tony Battaglene, upbeat in his assessment of the first year performance.
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"Australian Grape & Wine has hit the ground running" he said.
"In what has been a challenging year, with threats from the anti-alcohol lobby, increased regulation with mandatory pregnancy labelling, threats to the extension of container deposit schemes, drought, water shortages and an ACCC market study into the sector, we have had plenty on our plate".
"The unity that we have been able to show to Government with a single voice has been very valuable in our advocacy efforts."
Australian Grape & Wine Chairman, Sandy Clark, said there were many challenges ahead.
"For our industry to grow and prosper we need to continue to work cooperatively within the sector and collaboratively with Government," Ms Clark said.
"We will shortly be releasing a vision for the future and we are well placed to control our destiny.
"Our strong involvement from the industry in Australian Grape & Wine, and a solid revenue and membership base give us a springboard to help the sector grow and prosper.
"I congratulate the new Board and Committee members and look forward to another productive year in 2019-20."
Australian Grape and Wine Board Directors for 2019/20
Small Winemakers' Membership Committee Representatives
- James March, Heathvale Wines Pty Ltd (Chair)
- Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, Ballandean Estate Wines
- Edward Swift, Printhie Wines
- Rollo Crittenden, Crittenden Estate
- Mary Hamilton, Hugh Hamilton Wines (Permanent Alternate)
Medium Winemakers' Membership Committee Representatives
- Alister Purbrick, Tahbilk Pty Ltd (Chair)
- Victoria Angove, Angove Family Winemakers
- Bill Moularadellis, Kingston Estate Wines Pty Ltd
- Jeff McWilliam, McWilliam's Wines Group Ltd
- Robert Hill Smith, Yalumba Wine Company (Permanent Alternate)
Large Winemakers' Membership Committee Representatives
- Helen Strachan, Pernod Ricard Winemakers Pty Ltd (Chair)
- Robert Cairns, Treasury Wine Estates
- Dave Gorge, Accolade Wines
- Luke Edwards, Casella Family Brands
Vignerons Committee Representatives
- Andrew Weeks, Independent consultant (Chair)
- Heather Webster, Independent grower and Chair of Wine Grape Council SA
- Mardi Longbottom, Independent grower and Senior Viticulturist Australian Wine Research Institute
- Colin Bell, AHA Viticulture
- Ben Rose, Performance Viticulture (Permanent Alternate)