Volume 50 | July 9th 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.
NEW TRUST MARK FOR SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING
The AWRI and Australian Grape & Wine are delighted to announce that a trust mark for Sustainable Winegrowing Australia is now available for use by certified members of the program.
The mark can be used on wine labels and marketing materials, providing a visible demonstration of commitment to sustainable practices. Customers and consumers will know from seeing the trust mark that the vineyard and winery have met rigorous standards of sustainability. 
Certified members will also benefit from enhanced international marketing opportunities through Wine Australia’s marketing events programs and integration of sustainability stories into Wine Australia’s education and content for customers and consumers.

For more information, visit www.sustainablewinegrowing.com.au  
RIVERINA WINE SHOWS OPEN
Entries are now open for the six wine shows run by the Riverina Winemakers Association. Wineries from all regions across Australia are invited to enter (where applicable) via Showrunner, with entries closing 31 July 2020.
The wine show committee welcomes back Gabrielle Poy as their chair and is also pleased to announce Cate Looney, Tim Perrin and Gwyn Olsen as their panel chairs.
  • Open Show, sees the best fortified makers in Australia such as Morris, Pfeiffer, McWilliams and De Bortoli go head to head each year. The Shiraz and Semillon classes are also always strong each year
  • Australian Italian Varieties wine awards has 21 different classes to enter. The stand out classes are Pinot Grigio, Rosé and Montepulciano
  • Sweet Wine Challenge, the best dessert wines in Australia compete for the Australian Sweet Wine of the Year
  • Riverina GI, the region battles it out for the Best Durif of show, a stand-out class and tightly contested
  • Hilltops GI, red wine classes for Nebbiolo and Tempranillo and Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tumbarumba GI, we're not sure how our producers will fare this year with submitting entries but hope we can see some representation of the beautiful cool-climate fruit produced from this region.

**The Riverina Winemakers Association informs all exhibitors that judging days and/or the awards dinner may be moved to align with any covid-19 restrictions at the time.  
TRAINING - MANAGING CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS
The Restaurant & Catering Association has just launched their latest training course ‘Managing Customer Expectations’.

This training is essential for employers and employees to prepare them post COVID-19 in business and to assist with managing customer expectations.
It covers the following areas:
  1. COVID-19 Hospitality Best Practice understanding
  2. Managing customer understanding and expectations
  3. Managing difficult situations and behaviours
  4. Maintaining currency with health department directives
On successful completion of the micro-credential, you will be awarded a digital badge that can be promoted on your social networks and added to your profiles or CVs.

The Managing Customer Expectations Training for existing learners is just $14.95 per person.

Find out more and/or enroll HERE
FREE NEXIA TAX WEBINAR
Nexia Australia appreciates that the start of this financial year is a little different. As we enter the 2021 Financial Year, with still a lot of uncertainty in the market due to COVID-19 and new tax and compliance issues for consideration, Nexia wanted to make sure that you have all of the information to ensure you and your business are prepared.
With this in mind, they have created a new live webinar entitled 'Wine & Viticulture - Kickstart your 2021 Financial Year.
The webinar will be hosted on 21 July - 10:00am - 11:00am (AEST)
It will include Nexia Australia's national wine industry specialists along with National Tax Director, David Montani, and will cover a number of wine industry matters to be aware of and ensure you are in the best possible tax health.

Find out all about the topics covered, speakers involved and how to register HERE

Nexia Australia has been a multi-year supporter of the NSW Wine Awards.
VISION 2050
Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia have launched Vision 2050, a strategy developed to help Australian grape and wine businesses plan for a profitable and sustainable future over the next three decades.

Read their Media Release HERE
Watch the Vision 2050 Launch Video HERE
Download Vision 2050 HERE
CLIMATE ATLAS RESOURCE & WEBINARS
Wine Australia's Climate Atlas Regional program of webinars, that we discussed in our last newsletter, are now open for registration.
  • 15 July 2020 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm AEST) = Greater NSW and ACT (All regions in NSW and ACT excl. Riverina)
  • 30 September 2020 (2:30 pm – 3:30 pm AEST) = Riverina
Register HERE
Also, don't forget Australia’s wine future: A Climate Atlas (d eveloped by the Climate Futures Group and funded by Wine Australia to help inform on the effects of climate change that are forecast in the next decade) is available for download from the Wine Australia website and you can also watch a special report on Landline about The Climate Atlas HERE .