Volume 53 | August 21st 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.
After the success of last year’s inaugural NSW Sommelier’s Wine List Awards, we are delighted – with the support of Restaurant & Catering Association and Destination NSW – to be able to host the awards again this year and announce that the 2020 NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS are now open for entry!
During these difficult times it is more important than ever to support and reward restaurants and wine bars across NSW that are working so hard to continue to offer their customers a great wine experience. And even more so, those venues that source wines from local winemakers, supporting our industry. The Awards are also a great way for us to engage with restaurants and discuss with them the importance of including home-grown wines on their lists.

We would love to make this year even bigger and better than last, so if you know of any great restaurants or wine bars that stock your wines, then do please let us know their contact details so we can send them information or direct them towards our website - www.nswwine.com.au/nsw-sommeliers-wine-list-awards - to find out all about the Awards.
We would particularly like to see more regional entries. Please note, last year’s overall winner was Bill’s Fish House from Port Macquarie.

Entry is free and winning applicants receive a title and trophy for marketing activities and also some great prizes. As an example, last year's winners received some delicious wine packages, automatic entry into Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards, professional wine glass & service consultations individually tailored to their establishments and a range of stunning wine glasses, and the overall winner took home a 170 bottle state-of-the-art Vintec wine cabinet. 

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Monday 17th August 2020 saw the Annual General Meeting of the NSW Wine Industry Association, held by Zoom Video Conference for the first time ever due to the impact of COVID-19.
The AGM was well attended and ran smoothly.
The NSWWIA finished the previous financial year showing a small audited profit of $12,688 and a healthy Balance Sheet.
President, Mark Bourne now enters the 2nd year of his initial 2 year presidency. Mark spoke of the tremendous activity that the NSWWIA had achieved in the past 12 months, with the backdrop of drought, smoke and Covid 19. He thanked Executive Officer, Angus Barnes for his work in the past year. Over $10m worth of support and activity for the wine industry in NSW has been generated by the association in the past 12 months and we look forward to the next 12 months with determination and a strong plan.

The Board of the NSW Wine Industry Association consists of:
  • Mark Bourne – President
  • Liz Riley - Vice President
  • Byron Hodkinson – Vice President
  • Nicole Samodol – Vice President
  • Tim Jones – Treasurer
  • Andrew McLean – Secretary
  • Bruno Altin – Riverina Wine Grape Marketing Board
  • Stewart Ewen - Hunter Valley
  • Andrew Calabria – Riverina
  • Sam McKendry – Central Ranges
  • Juliet Cullen – Rest of NSW
  • Will de Beaurepaire – De Beaurepaire Wines
  • John Cassegrain – Cassegrain Wines
  • Geoff Krieger – Brokenwood Wines
  • Alex Holness – Australian Vintage
  • Geoff Burton – Canberra District
  • Manda Duffy – Wandin Valley Estate

It was also noted that long serving member and past president, Tom Ward stood down from his role as treasurer and will move off the board for the first time in many years.

As a reminder, all NSW wine industry members are welcome to attend NSWWIA meetings which are held every 2 months. Please contact info@nswwine.com.au should you require any more information.

Picture: President Mark Bourne sharing a meeting room with Executive Officer, Angus Barnes in Sydney 
We have been made aware that the China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA) has requested the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFOCM) to launch an anti-dumping investigation on Australian wine in China. And that the Chinese ministry of commerce has advised the Australian government that the request had been instituted and would now consider that request.
At this time, we have no further details available to us beyond those. Attached HERE is the official AGW media statement.
2020 ASVO Winemaker of the year FINALISTS
Congratulations to Frank van de Loo, Winemaker/General Manager/Part Owner Mount Majura Vineyard, for being nominated as a finalist in the 2020 ASVO Winemaker of the Year Awards.

Frank has been nominated alongside Peter Leske (Senior Winemaker Revenir Winemaking, SA) and Samantha Connew (Winemaker Stargazer, TAS).
The ASVO Awards for Excellence has, since 2012, recognised the achievements of dedicated and professional individuals in the wine industry.
ASVO President Brooke Howell commented, “The Australian wine industry is extremely fortunate to have many highly engaged, skilled, professional individuals who are willing to contribute for the greater good of the community. These professionals inspire others to seek out and adopt innovative practices to ensure the longevity of our businesses and industry. The calibre of finalists this year is outstanding, and I congratulate them all on their achievements”. 
With COVID-19 still getting in the way of face-to-face events, the 2020 Spring Vine Health Field Days will be delivered via a Teams meeting, on 8 September from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries will have a host of experienced speakers to cover a range of topics with valuable take-home messages to advance your wine grape enterprise.
Topics include ‘Smartphone App to assess grapevine nutrient disorders’, ‘It's easy to waste money on waste’, ‘Water use components in vineyards and approaches to adapting to seasonal variation in water availability’, ‘5 mistakes most businesses make on their website that costs them sales’ and ‘Protecting your investment with netting’.

To register for this event, please email Darren.fahey@dpi.nsw.gov.au to receive the link.
Australian Grape & Wine will be presenting the 2020 Australian Wine Industry Grower Summit. Join them for free on 26 August for a 2 hour virtual interactive summit. You will hear from, and engage with, experts in their field as they discuss water management, varieties and market trends, marketing your business to be a supplier of choice, succession planning and strategic planning for a business in 2020 - from a growers perspective. 
The 2020 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards is open, with last entries welcomed today, Friday 21st August.

Wine Show details are up on our website and you can view the award categories and Rules & Regulations HERE. 

Enter your wine now HERE.
Stewards positions are also available on Monday 28 September, Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 1 October. We ask that each steward be able to fulfill a minimum of one whole days work (no half days).
If you are interested, please click HERE