Australian Vignerons represents wine-grape growers and makers of wine across Australia. The strong commitment from new and existing members, together with new partnerships and a commitment from the Board to continue to deliver critical wine industry functions has Australian Vignerons forging into the future.
In an aim to ensure its relevance and value to wine industry stakeholders, last year the Board of Wine Grape Growers Australia took the bold step to reform its organisational structure. The new model attracted unanimous support from the membership and Australian Vignerons (AV) arose.
Joanna Andrew, Independent Chair of AV said, “The early transition to Australian Vignerons has been challenging. However, strong support from the wine regions within South Australian and those further afield which have not previously engaged with us has motivated us, and we are optimistic about the future. AV is working more collaboratively with industry partners and we are operating more efficiently. We are continuing to actively engage with wine regions across Australia and we are hopeful that the commitment AV has attracted so far will send a positive message to those regions watching from the periphery.”
Australian Vignerons has a lot on its plate. AV is one of four bodies tasked to sign off on the Business Plan to deliver the Federal Government’s $50M Export and Regional Wine Support Package. Andrew Weeks, the CEO of AV has travelled across the country in recent weeks to gauge the support of the plan from state and regional wine industry representatives. “This initiative to boost the value and demand for Australian wine has huge potential to benefit our members so it’s critical that we are engaged in the process” Weeks said.
AV is also working closely with the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) following the recent release of new legislation relating to business dealings and agriculture. National biosecurity planning and preparedness remains a priority of AV including its responsibilities as signatories to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed, regular engagement with government and industry bodies and re-shaping the national coordination of biosecurity activities.
“On behalf of the Board of AV, we are grateful for the support extended to us from all corners of the wine community during what is a challenging and exciting time for us. We are continuing to look for ways to collaborate and achieve our vision of working to enhance the future for our members and the wine sector as a whole” Weeks said.
All enquiries to Andrew Weeks, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Vignerons, 0403 520 242