Volume 46 | April 30th 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.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE STILL 100% NSW
We are delighted that our strong relationship with the Governor of NSW continues and that Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC is following in the footsteps of her predecessor and is committed to only serving wines from NSW at her events.
This year’s Government House Sydney wine selection process – where NSW Wine Awards gold and trophy winning wineries are invited to submit suitable wines for tasting - has concluded and the Government House team have already started purchasing wines from the successful wineries.
Congratulations go out to Angullong, Ballinaclash, Collector Wines, Hungerford Hill, De Bortoli, Lerida Estate, Mount Pleasant, Nugan Estate, Printhie, Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Trentham Estate.

Watch this space to see announcements about the 2020 NSW Wine Awards, and your chance for your wines to be included at the prestigious events and guest dinners at Government House Sydney.
ANOTHER LITTLE EXTRA BIT OF GOOD NEWS
As part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package, the government is waiving a range of liquor licence fees for businesses in the hospitality and entertainment industries.

Most liquor licensees within the wine industry in NSW will have their annual liquor licence base fee and trading hours risk loading fee waived for 12 months (2020-2021 fee period).

All the info HERE .
NEW SPECIALIST TEAM AT THE DPI
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has activated a new specialist Primary Industries Liaison Team and launched a new webpage to help the State’s primary industries navigate the challenges and effects of COVID-19.  
NSW DPI Director General, Scott Hansen said as each day brought new information and new challenges, it was critical to ensure the sector had access to accurate and timely information.
“The new specialist industry liaison team will establish a pathway to accurate information and assistance, especially related to international and interstate trade,” Mr Hansen said.
 
The new team will operate from the DPI’s Head Office in Orange and includes the expertise of an in-market specialist located in China.
It will:
  • Provide a central point for up to date COVID-19 information affecting NSW primary industries;
  • Assist industry with pathways to appropriate Government services;
  • Distribute information to the sector; and, 
  • Work across the food supply chain to help ensure continuity.
  
To see the new online resources and keep up-to-date with relevant information relating to the NSW primary industries sector during these unprecedented times, visit  www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/covid-19  or email the new team at covidinfo@dpi.nsw.gov.au .
ASVO SCHOLARSHIP CLOSE TOMORROW
Applications for the 2020 ASVO Scholarship to attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) administered by the Australian Wine Research institute (AWRI) closes on Friday 1 May 2020 . The ASVO Scholarship is a nationally competitive scholarship which offers high-achieving individuals an opportunity to undertake vocational or professional development in wine assessment. 
The ASVO Scholarship is part of the highly valued ASVO Awards for Excellence program. The ASVO scholarship will be offered to one talented individual to attend the AWRI’s highly regarded, four-day intensive Advanced Wine Assessment Course.
Last year’s recipient Bernadette Kaeding from Rojomoma, Barossa Valley said “The AWAC course allowed me to progress my wine assessment skills further, which is essential for my job, my contribution to local wine shows and wine community, and also wine show judging”.

Applications are ONLINE , open to all fields of study and there is no age limit for applicants. 
THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE
TAFE NSW Griffith are offering a Wine Operations Course which has been really helpful to some, like Aaron Salvestrin from Sans Pareil Estate winery.
Check out his story HERE .
And you can see more about the course HERE .