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WCA Update: 24 March 2017

We have had some fabulous 'behind the scene' vintage images sent in to us so far.  Thanks to all.

If you would like us to post your 'behind the scene' vintage pictures please send them to Lynda at with your handles, #tags and a comment about the content of the photo.


WCA webinar
Our next webinar will be held 11 April and presented by Rob Ball of Ball Public Relations who will be sharing his Media Training tips. 

Rob Ball is an experienced public relations practitioner who has worked as a senior journalist and a senior policy and strategy adviser to a State Premier. Rob has on three occasions won Australia’s top national public relations awards . He was a member of The Advertiser’s investigative team and his awards in journalism include a 1980 Media Peace Prize Gold Citation from the United Nations Association of Australia.
  Registration will be made available next week for this webinar.

Industry news
Wine Australia’s latest report, Australian wine:  Production, sales and inventory 2015-16, shows that both production and sales increased domestically and internationally last financial year.  For more details click here.

Some of the world’s best sommeliers will visit Australia this April to experience the exceptional quality and diversity of Australian wine, to coincide with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 event program.  Read more here.

Congratulations to Amanda Whiteland for the appointment of the newly created position of Marketing Director at the Murray River Wine Association. 

It was announced during the week that long standing CEO of the Drinks Association, Sandra Przibilla resigned from her position.  Sandra will remain in the role until her successor is appointed.  WCA would like to congratulate Sandra on her outstanding efforts she has contributed toward the wine industry during her tenure in this role and wish her every success for her future endeavours.  More on this announcement here.

Applications close 31 March for the Drinks Association inaugural Women in drinks Mentor Program 2017. This Mentor Program is specifically at women working to progress their career to leadership level.  For more information click here.

The Annual HostPlus Hospitality Scholarship applications open Friday 31 March.  This scholarship if offered to people aged 22-35 years and working in a bar or liquor retail and gives candidates the opportunity to further their career by providing a trip around the world to work with some of the best businesses in their sector.  For more information, click here.

Other industry articles
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:
Fake Wine Is A Billion Dollar Market And Here Are The Ways To Identify Them (
McGuigan says Australian wine is at war (
Music could have an impact on the taste of wine (
State of the Nation Report: Occasion and Gifting Driving Liquor Retail Sales (
Quality over quantity: the latest beverage trend (

The Australian alcohol retail market in review (
Australian sparkling wine celebrating our diversity and quality (
Independents’ share of market declines: Roy Morgan (

Industry events
Wine Ark are hosting a Burgundy Gala, with free Riedel Burgundy Glass, 27 March in Sydney at exceptional value.  Be quick so you don't miss out.  Tickets here.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, 31 March - 9 April offering more than 200 events across Melbourne and regional Victoria during the annual festival.  For more details click here.

Enjoy a Taste of the Region Long Lunch, to be held at the Memorial Hall in Yass, NSW being held 7 April.  Tickets available here.

The Barossa Wine Chapter Auction is taking place, 21 April and held over a three-course gourmet lunch,.  The auction will include some of Barossa's finest wines and experiences.  Tickets can be purchase here.


7 June
The Great Debate

28 July

Sydney Royal Wine Show

Trophy Winners Lunch



29 September

Royal Adelaide Wine Show Lunch 



20 October

Royal Melbourne Wine Awards Lunch 



For those lucky enough to get tickets - event details are:

International Convention Centre Sydney
Darling Harbour

Room:  3.1 & 3.2
(Convention Centre side)

March 27, 2017
6pm - 8.30pm (AEST)

Master class and Tasting of New South Wales' award-winning wine regions.

New South Wales Wines supplied by Bancourt Dairy



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