Volume 69 | May 13th 2021
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.
We are delighted to see that there have been two successful NSW based candidates in the 2021 Wine Australia Future Leaders Program:
Kate Sturgess, Winemaker, Brokenwood Wines
Aaron Mercer, Owner & Winemaker, Mercer Wines (and previously Group Winemaker, Tamburlaine Wines)
The Future Leaders program is the wine community’s peak personal and professional leadership program. It is designed for the next crop of those who are ready to step up and take their businesses and our sector to the next level. 
The new entrants join a great alumni of futures leaders from across the country and also within NSW, including:
o  NSWWIA past president and current ORVA president Tom Ward
o  Current Riverina Winemakers President Andrew Calabria
o  Current HVWTA President Christina Tulloch
o  Current Mudgee Wine President Jessica Chrcek
o  Current NSWWIA Executive Officer Angus Barnes
Only 15 people are selected for this course (held every 2 years) and there were nearly 100 applications this year, so it is great to see 2 NSW based wine professionals involved. We wish Kate and Aaron all the best for their journey. 
We would like to thank everyone that nominated their favourite venues and wine lists, and all the sommeliers that entered, the 2021 NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards.
Our judges had a fantastic range of wine lists to explore, many of which showed fantastic support of the wines and winemakers of New South Wales. After much diligent evaluation by the judges, we are delighted to announce 38 finalists in the 2021 NSW Sommelier's Wine List Awards.
Many congratulations to all our new #NSWWineStars! 
All finalists will receive a certificate and promotional window stickers to help share the good news. And they are all now in the running for one of the main trophies, along with some great prizes including:
We look forward to announcing the winners on 24th May at Government House Sydney. Rewarding those that support our industry and encouraging others to do the same!
Australia’s leading rural charity Rural Aid has created a new campaign to help the winemaking industry, called VineAid.
Bushfires, China trade tariffs, covid-19 tourist restrictions, insect plagues and severe drought have all wreaked havoc on the prosperity and financial success of winemakers and growers. VineAid will provide financial relief and access to mental wellbeing support – two areas the sector has identified as being in high demand.
Rural Aid has brought major wine industry players together for the relief initiative, with Naked Wines coming on board to provide financial assistance in the form of a $50,000 donation to struggling growers, to help kick start VineAid. The Epicurean Collective’s Wine Rewards is also supporting VineAid by donating 1% of its annual revenue to the cause. 
Growers registered with Rural Aid can apply for the full suite of assistance, including $1,000 of financial assistance or bill payments; a $500 pre-paid Visa card; drinking water and fodder. Importantly, they are also able to reach out to a member of Rural Aid’s resilience building wellbeing team for counselling support. Growers also have access Rural Aid’s community development programs, including the Farm Army service, where farmers are matched with capable volunteers and labourers.

To find out more, register as a grower, or to donate, click HERE
The NSW Wine Industry Association was saddened to hear of the passing of David O’Dea OAM, founder of Windowrie Wines and strong supporter of the NSW, Cowra and Canowindra wine industry, earlier this month. Our condolences to his family and friends, particularly his wife Wizz and children Steph, Doe, Jason and Nook.
David was a vital part of the development and success of the Cowra and Canowindra wine industry and also supported the NSWWIA. David was recognised for his tireless work and fierce commitment to the wine industry and local community with an Order of Australia Medal in 2021. His family wine business, Windowrie Wines is a symbol of the development of the Canowindra wine region.
+ The NSW Wine Industry Association met for their Board Meeting on Monday 19th April in Sydney. Please click HERE to see a summary of items discussed. 

+ There are only a handful of tickets left to the National Wine Sector Bushfire Conference and Shades of Shiraz Masterclass. Act now so you don't miss out - click HERE