Volume 42 | March 5th 2020
The New South Wales Wine Industry Association represents the interests of all NSW wine producers and grape growers. Our aim is for the NSW Wine Industry Association to advocate for the NSW Wine Industry and provide information and a sense of belonging to our members.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to recover from natural disasters like the 2019/20 summer bushfires. However, there are some things you can do to try and mitigate the tourism related impacts on your business now and in the future.

Click HERE to see some suggestions for how you might be able to endure the current set of circumstances and perhaps prepare for similar disasters in future. 
Also remember you have until Friday 20th March to apply for your NSW Government rebate for smoke taint testing.
All the information and submission forms are now available on our website -

If you have any enquiries please contact us via smoke@nswwine.com.au
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed Federal, State and Territory Governments adopt a mandatory pregnancy warning label that will impose significant costs on your business for little to no public health benefit. Many in the sector see this proposal as the first step towards a future defined by anti-alcohol labelling.
Australian Grape and Wine have created a fact and advice sheet and are asking every grape and wine business to let federal, state and territory politicians know why this matters, and why the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation needs to make a decision that balances public health objectives with the commercial realities of grape and wine businesses.
What’s been proposed, why it’s bad, and what you need to do

Attachment A provides a summary of what FSANZ is proposing to ministers, Australian Grape & Wine’s assessment of the proposal, and what a better alternative might look like.
Attachment B provides a template for you if you are able to write to your local parliamentarians and federal, state and territory ministers.
This issue will be considered by the Ministerial Forum before the end of March. The Ministerial Forum has two options:
1)    It can accept the FSANZ recommendations; or
2)    It can reject them and request a review. 
State and Federal Ministers have already decided to mandate a pregnancy warning label , so we must recognise that will not change. However, if we can get enough small winemakers and grapegrowers to raise their concerns with their State and Federal Minsters and Parliamentarians, the power of many voices will provide a greater chance of convincing members of the Forum to call for a review of the FSANZ recommendations. In turn, this could lead to removing the most egregious elements. 
This is the last chance to make your voice heard, so please do not hesitate to contact your local parliamentarians.
Please feel free to call Lee McLean, Australian Grape and Wine General Manager, Government Relations and External Affairs on 0418 998 749 or email lee@agw.org.au if you would like any further information.
Proudly supported by Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) and the Adelaide Business School at the University of Adelaide, Wine Industry Mentor Program provides young communicators with the chance to refine their skills and explore further opportunities by tapping into the experiences and insights from the best in their field.
This program aims to boost both personal and professional development in a future generation of wine communicators by giving them:
  • Access to a wealth of knowledge from respected wine sector leaders
  • Greater career clarity, direction and satisfaction within the wine community
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded, ambitious young wine communicators
  • Assistance with setting and achieving personal and professional goals and advice on career progression

If you're a wine professional, keen to further develop your skills and learn from some of the best in the industry - make sure you APPLY .

Applications close 20 March.
The 27th Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards is currently open for entries until Monday 9 March.

Still the most prestigious national awards in their field, they have played a major part in lifting the standard of Australia’s wine lists over the past three decades.
Entering the awards offers the opportunity for international recognition and exposure in online and print media. National coverage appears in key partner publications, Gourmet Traveller WINE and Drinks Trade as well as other local and national media.
So if your winery has a restaurant, it might be well worth entering over the next 4 days.