Volume 45 | April 15th 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.
Dear NSW Wine Industry and Associates,
We hope all is going as well as possible in these strange days.
The NSWWIA continues to provide assistance to the wine grape growers and producers of NSW in these times. Last week, we had a board meeting and had discussions with Wine Australia, Australian Grape and Wine as well as Destination NSW.
We have this week commenced payment of the rebates for the smoke testing claims. Hopefully you will receive an email and monies into your account by the end of the week if applicable. Also just a reminder that the grants and loans for the Smoke damage for vintage 2020 are still available. Click HERE .

Some helpful links:

Wine Australia COVID-19 page 
Please refer to Wine Australia’s COVID-19 page as well as Australian Grape and Wine’s page for all relevant wine sector updates:
$50 million package update: 
Please refer to the following for all the latest updates:
Stay safe, Angus
The Bubbles Review is an award-winning blog all about sparkling wine, and the team behind it also host events and tours to share all the latest news about everything sparkling. The biggest event on their calendar is The Bubbles Festival which was due to be held across Australia during April and May this year. Unfortunately, due to the current event restrictions this festival is postponed, so The Bubbles Review will instead be creating an opportunity to bring the Cellar Doors to the people i n lockdown, via their new online Virtual Sparkling Cellar Doors .  
Would you like to be included? There is no charge to be involved, it is FREE to participate, you just need to send an email with the below details t o info@thebubblesreview.com .

The offer is available to wineries with Cellar Doors, wine producers (even if you don’t have a cellar door) and distributors of champagne and sparkling wine. You do need to have an online presence with liquor licence to sell and ship wine direct to the public. You may wish to include a discount offer with a promo code to encourage people to purchase. 
Note: If you are one of the registered exhibitors for The Bubbles Festival, you will receive a special featured listing.
Register for Virtual Sparkling Cellar Doors. Send emails to info@thebubblesreview.com , including:
Contact Name, Contact Email, Contact Phone number,
What wine region are you in (or sell wine from), Name of your Sparkling wine/s,
Brief description of your wines/winery, Link to your website for sales,
Special offer and promo code (if applicable), Attach one winery/wine image or logo.
They will also be doing monthly giveaways for The Bubbles Review (current monthly social media reach is around 100k). This is another FREE opportunity which is open to all, but priority is given to The Bubbles Festival Exhibitors. Register your interest for this HERE.
Finally, they will be doing some online virtual video tastings to their followers. To have the opportunity to be included in this (no guarantees) you will need to provide a sample bottle and ship to: Natalie Pickett, 4 Sherbrooke Avenue, Elsternwick VIC 3185
Wine Australia will be hosting a free ‘crisis recovery’ webinar with guest speaker Chris Savage, tomorrow on Thursday 16 April .
Topic: crisis recovery and preparing for the ‘new reality’
Date: Thursday 16 April Time: 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Host: 2020 has been a difficult year but there is a way forward in this time of crisis. Join Chris Savage from The Savage Company, a business growth specialist and crisis management expert who will share insights on how businesses can respond positively and proactively to the challenges we face.
Registration: This webinar is free. Register HERE
If you missed the Wine Business Solutions' webinar on Tuesday 7th April about how to:
  • how to manage a crisis
  • how to deal with the spike in wine sales that is happening right now
  • how to manage your business when this tails off
  • what to sharpen up in order to run fast when things resume
... then you can access it HERE .
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is still offering free support to businesses to help you reduce your energy bills and improve energy efficiency. 

Currently their free coaching offer is only available as a “virtual” session rather than a site visit - see ATTACHED . However, the upside is that this allows much greater flexibility for businesses that want to take advantage of the offer.
They have created an Eventbrite page for businesses to register for their free energy check-up:
Click HERE.

Full details about all our energy efficiency training, coaching and incentives offers are available on their website HERE .
Our congratulations go out to Professor Leigh Schmidtke , Director of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC), who is part of a team from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production which has just been recognised in the 2020 Australian Council of Graduate Research Awards.
The team has won the award for excellence in graduate research supervision, presented to supervisors who demonstrate a track record of successful HDR candidate outcomes and engagement in high quality supervisory practice and research supervision leadership.

The 2020 ACGR award for excellence in graduate research supervision has been awarded to Professor Vladimir Jiranek, Associate Professor David Jeffery, Professor Kerry Wilkinson, Professor Stephen Tyerman, Dr Renata Ristic from the University of Adelaide and Professor Schmidtke.

The NWGIC is an alliance between Charles Sturt University, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Wine Industry Association.

Full press release HERE .