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WCA Update: 8 December 2016

WCA membership
Last week we announced our 25 members before the 25th, membership offer and a number of you jumped online and subscribed. For those of you who haven't done so yet, or didn't see what all the fuss is about here are the details.

For all new or renewed memberships that are paid before 25th December, we will put your name in a draw to win your membership for FREE.  Drawn randomly on January 16th.

Yes, that's right, one lucky person will be refunded their FULL 12 months membership.  So jump online and become a WCA MEMBER today.

If you would like to know more about WCA and the benefits of joining as a member, please read below:

WCA is the national organisation for people who work or have an interest in wine. WCA aims to support our members to engage and connect with each other, with wine drinkers and with people who can make the industry even better than it is today!
Our members are winemakers, wine writers, wine marketers, winery owners, wine retailers and anybody else in the wine industry as well as wine lovers who want to be involved in the conversation!
The benefits to becoming a member are many and varied including:

  • Ongoing and up to date information on the Australian Wine Industry through our weekly newsletter and forums
  • Discount on tickets to WCA events
  • Access to exclusive offers from our partners
  • 10 FREE webinars per year, that focus on subjects like social media management, export updates, latest research and wine specific communications
  • Networking opportunities
  • Consumer insights

Industry news
The deadline for you to have your say on how the $50M Export and Regional Wine Support Package funding should be spent has been extended to Friday, 16th December

Wine Australia are seeking ideas that are new, bold and exciting - not "business as usual".  Your ideas should support either the growth of Australian wine exports (particularly in the free trade markets of China, South Korea and Japan) and/or the growth of international wine tourism to Australian wine regions.   

No idea is a bad idea...and there is no limit on the number of submission you are able to enter.  To submit your idea's click here.

The WET rebate will be reduced from $500,000 to $350,000 from July 2018.  Eligible winery owners will be able to spend up to $100,000 on sprucing up their cellar doors under a new Federal grant program to boost the wine and tourism sectors.  to read more click here.

Other articles of interest
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:
Bulk Wine Trade facing global shortage (
Turning price theory upside down (
Drinks Trends:  what was big in 2016 and what is to come (
Cheap wine is not a concern (

World's best sommeliers to visit Australia (

Industry events
The Cape Jaffa Seafood and Wine Festival is a free event for visitors of all ages. Apart from providing visitors with scrumptious food, the festival offers an authentic range of wines and live music shows exclusively for those attending the festival.  January 15th 2017, more details here.

If you love good food and wine, you won’t be disappointed by the Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo, 20th - 22nd January 2017.  More details here.



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10 FREE webinars p.a.
Networking Opportunities
Discounted Events Pricing
Industry Insights
and so much more




Gourmet Traveller Wine are offering WCA members 1 year subscription to the print magazine 12-months free access to the GT WINE App
at $55 - Save 8%.

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