Wine Industry Newsletter

Future events

Australian grape and wine sector strategy planning workshop

Australian Grape & Wine Inc and Wine Australia are running workshops in each state to allow grape and wine sector participants to have their say about the sector’s strategy for the next 30 years and the priorities for research, development and extension, marketing and regulation over the next five years.

The workshops will be informed by discussion papers on some of the key issues facing the sector, which are available here.

If you can’t attend, you are invited to submit your ideas via

The workshops are free and registration is required for catering and room-hire purposes.

When: Tuesday 1 October – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Where: Mercure Perth (Anglesea 1 room), 10 Irwin Street, Perth

Register here.


Finlaysons Wine Roadshow

The highly anticipated ACCC Market Report on the Australian wine industry is expected to be released on the 24th of September, 2019.

The new rules are likely to have serious ramifications for the assessment, grading and pricing of fruit (including indicative pricing) and for the negotiation of fruit contracts (including payment terms). There could also be impacts on the terms of bulk and packaged wine supply agreements, particularly with major fruit buyers and wholesalers, distributors and retailers of wine.

The theme for this year’s Wine Roadshow 27 is “Levelling the Playing Field” and it will focus on the impact of the report. The CEOs of Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia will also take the opportunity to comment on Australia’s performance in various export markets and the other serious issues on their agendas.

When: Monday, 14 October – 3.00pm to 6.00pm, refreshments to 7.00pm

Where: Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River

Cost: $145.00

Register here.


Tactics for engaging with retail buyers

DPIRD’s Food Industry Innovation team are hosting a half day workshop and networking event to explore tactics to improve engagement with major retailers domestically and internationally.

Targeted at food and beverage producers, this event will bring perspectives of two retail buyer experts Samantha Watson (Goldfish Consulting) and Annemette Thomsen (International Business Advisor). Both will share their local and international experience in selling and buying food and beverage products through the supply chain.

What to expect:

• A 3 hour workshop lead by retail buyers with international experience to help prepare you for your own interactions with current and potential buyers, and/or

• A 2 hour industry networking event: interact with other food and beverage producers in the region and participate in a Q&A panel session. Producers are encouraged to come along to the networking event even if they can’t make the workshop. Local food and beverages will be served.

For more information contact Jon Berry on 9780 6283 or register here.

When: Tuesday, 15 October – 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Where: Margaret River Education Campus, 272 Bussell Hwy

Cost: $35.00


Chardonnay symposium Australia

The Chardonnay Symposium Australia will deliver an informative and engaging experience to industry, media and passionate wine consumers that provides insights into world’s current best practice, research and insights, and future trends in growing, making and consuming chardonnay.

Bringing together experts and leaders from around the world to present their knowledge, share their passion and engage with attendees in an intimate setting. Key note speakers include Jancis Robinson, James Halliday, Vanya Cullen, Michael Brajkovich, Laurent Audeguin, Tamara Grischy, Philip Rich and Nicolas Tarteret

When: Thursday, 31 October

Where: Yarra Valley Racing Centre in Yarra Glen, Victoria.

For costs and other details, visit


Cabernet workshop

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) is visiting the Swan Valley with a workshop showcasing how current winemaking practices can influence final wine style. Seventeen different wines have been made from the same batch of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes using a range of different harvest dates and winemaking techniques.

This is a great opportunity to explore and compare the stylistic and compositional differences achieved when one winemaking variable is changed at a time.

When: Friday, 1 November - 9.30 am to 12.00 noon

Where: Mandoon Estate, 10 Harris Road, Caversham WA 6055

Cost: $50.00 inclusive of GST

Visit the AWRI webpage to register.


Spray workshops

The AWRI is bringing David Manktelow and Alison MacGregor to WA in November to run a series of spray application workshops. Joining them will be spray unit representatives from Croplands, FMR and Silvan to showcase their equipment and answer questions.

The purpose of the workshops is to teach producers the critical factors that contribute to good spray performance. It doesn’t matter if you have new or old equipment, this workshop will give you the skills to get the best coverage and the best disease control from your spray.

The half day workshop begins at 7.30am, with breakfast and morning tea provided, and ends at 12.45pm. The cost to attend is $35. 

Frankland River

When: Tuesday, 5 November – 7.30am to 12.45pm

Where: Alkoomi Wines , 1141 Wingebellup Road, Frankland River

Register: Here

Margaret River

When: Wednesday, 6 November – 7.30am to 12.45pm

Where: Xanadu Wines, 316 Boodjidup Road, Margaret River

Register: Here

Swan Valley

When: Thursday, 7 November – 7.30am to 12.45pm

Where: Riverbank Estates, 126 Hamersley Road, Caversham Cost: $35.00

Register: Here