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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Positive outlook for Australian winemakers

Australian winemakers can enter 2018-209 with a positive attitude, Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) chairman Sandy Clark (below) told the WFA Annual General Meeting.

He said the Australian wine sector should continue to perform well over the coming year, building on a strong performance in 2017-18.

"I have just returned from Shanghai, where we saw wholehearted support for Australian wine," Clark said. "We are hoping for a strong performance in the United States over the coming year, with both markets remaining as a focus of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.

"The WFA is working tirelessly to improve the business and regulatory environment for Australian winemakers, through strong advocacy. Notably, at this AGM we have seen an historic agreement to amalgamate WFA and the grape grower representative body, Australian Vignerons, to form a single united body.
"The new body, Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated, will deliver on behalf of winemakers and grapegrowers of all sizes and business needs."

Clark also announced a number of new board members: Matt Stanton from Accolade Wines, Luke Edwards from Casella Family Brands, Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi from Ballandean Estate, Rollo Crittenden from Crittenden Estate, Jeff McWilliam from McWilliam’s Wines Group Ltd and Robert Hill Smith from Yalumba Wine Company.

"I would also like to thank our outgoing Board members, Libby Nutt, Julie Ryan, Mitchell Taylor, Corrina Wright and David O’Leary for their hard work over the past year," Clark said. "In the case of Mitchell Taylor, he has had over a decade of service on the WFA board and has now moved onto the Wine Australia Board."

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