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July 2016

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In this edition

  • VinSites tool to support growers with decision-making
  • Competition to attend VINITECH SIFEL wine trade show in Bordeaux
  • AWRI ‘Dog book’ 2016/17
  • Applications open for 2016 Pontifex Scholarship
  • Nominations sought for WISA Impact Awards
  • Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge
  • Become a WGGA sponsor in 2016-17
  • Visit us at the Expo – Stand 1232A

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VinSites tool to support growers with decision-making

VinSites is a web-based tool developed by Wine Australia to allow grape and wine producers to:

  • Claim their vineyard and enter specific details
  • View accurate maps of their vineyard
  • Access benchmark information about yield by variety and region
  • Measure annual performance
  • Compare their vineyard, either over time or with other similar vineyards.

It will be used as a national database for the Australian grape and wine sector that winegrape producers can use to measure and compare their business performance over time.

VinSites will ‘go live’in the Riverland and Western Australia in August 2016 and will be a free tool for grape growers and winemakers.

To learn more visit the Wine Australia website 

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Competition to attend the VINITECH SIFEL wine trade show in Bordeaux


WGGA invites applications for a winegrower or viticulturist to attend the Vinitech-Sifel international trade show in Bordeaux, France, from 29th November to 1st December 2016, as a VIP guest.

Applications close Friday 8th July 2016.

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AWRI ‘Dog book’ 2016/17

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) has released the 2016/17 edition of  the Agrochemicals registered for use in Australian viticulture (the ‘Dog book’).

The updated ‘Dog book’ can be viewed via the online pdf or mobile app.  Hard copies will be distributed to levy payers by mail and will also be included with the next issue of Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker.

The agrochemical update on the AWRI website summarises the major changes compared with the previous version.

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Applications open for 2016 Pontifex Scholarship

The Daniel Pontifex Memorial Trust, with the support of Wine Australia, is now accepting applications for the 2016 Daniel Pontifex Scholarship.

This scholarship offers a rising star of hospitality professional placements in some of London’s finest restaurants as well as the opportunity to visit wine regions to further their career and knowledge.

The winner of the 2016 scholarship will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive funding towards travel, insurance, accommodation and expenses.

To enter, applicants must submit a short essay (500 words) explaining why they are a suitable candidate, together with an abridged biography. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in wine and may work in any area of hospitality.

Submissions should be emailed to [email protected].  Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in September and October.

Applications close on Friday 29 July 2016.

Visit the Wine Australia website to learn more.

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Nominations sought for WISA Impact Awards

The Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) Impact Awards aim to celebrate the impact of value chain partnerships on the capability and competitiveness of Australian Wine Producers

The awards will highlight proven practical and implementable concepts, technologies, services and solutions.

The awards are based on presented nominations across six categories:

  • grape growing
  • wine making
  • packaging
  • distribution & logistics
  • marketing & communication and
  • tourism. The supplier is assessed on a criteria focusing on improvements and resulting impact in competitiveness & brand equity and capability of Australian wine producers.
The winners will be announced at a gala awards evening in Adelaide on 20 October 2016.

To download an Entry Prospectus visit the WISA website

Nominations close on Friday 22 July 2016.

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Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge

The Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge launches this year!

The new initiative will provide an opportunity for Australian producers of Cabernet Sauvignon to participate in a varietal challenge and showcase the quality of their grapes to both national and international interested parties.

The Challenge will be run annually as an extension of the Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show.  This year’s challenge will be held from 31 October – 3 November 2016.

Entries open in mid-July and results will be announced online in mid-November.

Further information can be found at www.australiancabernetchallenge.com.au or via theMargaret River Wine Association

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Become a WGGA Sponsor in 2016-17

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the 2016-17 financial year.

As the peak industry body for winegrape growers in Australia, we can offer you maximum exposure to the industry.

Contact Nikki to discuss possible opportunities on 08 8133 4404 or via email on [email protected]

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Visit us at the Expo!!!!!

Stand 1232A

Drop by and say hello at the upcoming Australian Wine Industry Trade Exhibition (AWITE) held from the 25th -27th July.

Give us the opportunity to discuss with you the direction and focus WGGA plans to take over the next 12 months, and hear what you need from us as the national body.

AWITE 2016 will feature a comprehensive range of winemaking and vineyard equipment, materials and associated services.

The exhibition will run in conjunction with the Technical Conference from the 24th to 28th July.

More information can be found at www.awite.com.au

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Headed by wine industry stalwart, Mark Hamilton, the National Wine Law Group flexes its experience and expertise to provide cost effective solutions on wine sector matters.

“We proudly claim our wine law credentials are unsurpassed by any law firm,” says Hamilton, a strategically insightful lawyer with deep industry experience.  “As a firm of 30 people we’re big enough to handle most matters but our charge out rates compare favourably with large firms.”

“One big benefit to clients is we hit the ground running.  We know the industry and its peculiar ways.  We may even shed a business insight along the way.”

For more: www.gropehamiltonlawyers.com.au

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