Volume 49 | June 25th 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.
2020 ICC SYDNEY NSW WINE AWARDS
After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding a 2020 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards this year.

We will obviously be making sure that we comply with all the current health restrictions to make sure that judging runs safely and smoothly.
We are also hoping to still host the popular Gold Reception drinks for winner, supporters and Government representatives at Parliament House and the 2020 NSW Wine Awards Presentation Luncheon at the stunning ICC Sydney in October, but we will need to wait to see the Governments most up-to-date advice on gatherings nearer the time.
Regardless of whether these events can go ahead, we will be making sure we can celebrate and recognise the winners to the largest audience possible via every means open to us. We are currently finalising the regulations and anticipate announcing full details next week.
 
KEY DATES:
Entri es Open: 6 July 2020
Entries Close: 21 August 2020
Wine Deliveries: 31 August - 18 September 2020
Judging at ICC Sydney: 29 September – 1 October 2020
Anticipated Gold Reception date: 22 October 2020
Anticipated Presentation Luncheon date: 23 October 2020

Let's turn 2020 around and make this the best Awards ever. We do hope you can all participate.

All the details will be up on our website soon HERE .
COVID-19 RESTRICTION CHANGES FROM JULY 1
We have been informed that as of July 1st, there will no longer be a 50 person limit on a venue and the number of guests allowed will solely be based on the 1 person per 4 square meters rule.

We understand that the maximum number of people within an individual groups will stay at 20 as stated in the last amendment - click HERE for the most recent Public Health Order (13 June).
As always, we bring you news as soon as we hear it to allow for as much forward planning as possible. However, as recently seen with the re-introduction of restrictions in Victoria, things can change very quickly. So please do keep an eye on our social media and newsletters as we approach the 1st July.

You can also visit the government's NSW Legislation website directly at www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/#covid-19-legislation
TWO NEW COVID-19 GRANTS TO AID RECOVERY
As the NSW 2020-21 budget has been delayed until November, the NSW Treasurer has provided advice on the Government’s proposals for COVID-19 recovery.

Two new funding programs have been announced aimed at supporting business re-establishment and regional jobs growth.
$10,000 Exporter Assistance Grants
Grants to support up to 1000 businesses access new export markets or re-enter existing ones will seek to make it easier to get produce from farm to port to plate and boost international trade. To support exporters the NSW Government will also increase numbers of local trade advisors, increase NSW industry presence in key Asian markets, and establish a new e-commerce program to develop alternative channels to market. Information about the Exporter Assistance Grants available HERE .
$3,000 Small Business Recovery Grants 
These grants will be available through Service NSW from 1 July 2020 to support the relaunch of businesses operations. The grants may help with marketing and advertising expenses, fit-out changes, and staff training in working safely under the current health conditions. 
These grants are subject to you meeting eligibility requirements. Further information available  HERE .

And don't forget, applications for the existing COVID-19 Small Business Support Program (grants up to $10,000) close next week on Tuesday 30th June. Further information available HERE
UPGRADE YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING SIGNAGE
Social distancing safety signage is here to stay for some time and shows both staff and customers that you care about their well-being.
If you would like to upgrade your signage to more professional signs that are in keeping with your Cellar Door’s style and décor then you might want to check out Get Back to Business , a new initiative by our friends at the Restaurant & Catering Association.
They can provide:
  • A choice of colour and styles
  • Branded social distancing signage with your logo and design 
  • Cost effective packs for small to large venues
  • All social distancing signage from front door to wet rooms 
  • Delivery to your door 
  • Easy self-installation
DIGITAL MARKETING WEBINAR
On Tuesday June 30 at 9am AEST, Wine Business Solutions is holding a Digital Marketing Webinar for wine businesses, covering:
  • Which software, system and processes are working best for wine producers and why.
  • How to develop a digital strategy that both optimises sales and builds your brand.
  • How to use CRM and Marketing Automation to scale your marketing efforts.
  • How our most successful clients are using digital advertising to grow their business.
  • How to run faster as a wine business no matter where you’re starting from.

The aim is to help you maximise direct to customer sales.
If this sounds of interest to you then you can find out more details HERE
CLIMATE ATLAS RESOURCE & WEBINARS
A world-leading resource developed in Australia is empowering local grapegrowers and winemakers to plan for the effects of climate change that are forecast in the next decade and into the next generation.
Developed by the Climate Futures Group and funded by Wine Australia,  Australia’s wine future: A Climate Atlas  describes short- and long-term trends for Australian wine regions until 2100.
The Climate Atlas resource is available for download from the Wine Australia website and you can also watch a special report on Landline about The Climate Atlas HERE .

Wine Australia will also be hosting a Climate Atlas Regional program of webinar to discuss this new resource. The webinar for NSW and ACT will be held on July 15th at 11am – 12 pm.

Save the date if you are interested in the webinar and watch this space for details.