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WCA Update: 28 October 2016

WCA news
Our minds are on Awards this week as we announce the 2016 WCA Awards Finalists and our Victorian 2016 Legend of the Vine. 

This is the fourth year we have run the awards in an expanded format covering everything from print to digital and they really are going from strength to strength.  We are very pleased with the number of entries received which has been our largest number yet.

Ten experienced and respected wine industry professionals were selected to judge entries in six of the award categories, with three panels each assessing two categories.  The New Wine Writer of the Year Award is judged independently.

Finalists for the 2016 Wine Communicators Awards by category are:

Best Published Feature Articles or Wine Column
Sponsored by:  Treasury Wine Estate
Ben Canaider, Jane Faulkner, Jeni Port

Digital Wine Communicator of the Year
Sponsored by: the drinks Association
Frank Brown, James Scarcebrook, Jane Thomson

Best  Wine Website or Wine App
Elderton Wines, Gourmet Traveller WINE, St Hugo

Best Wine Book (Technical, Trade or Consumer)
Sponsored by:  Calabria Family Wines
Kay Brothers: The first 125 years, Paired:  Champagne and Sparkling Wines, Tipsy

Best Wine Publication (Technical, Trade or Consumer)
Sponsored by: Pernod Ricard
explore Wine, Gourmet Traveller WINE, Wine & Viticulture Journal

Best Wine Educator
Sponsored by: The Wine Society
Jenny Polack, Alex Prichard, David Roe

Best New Wine Writer Award
Sponsored by: Gourmet Traveller WINE
Fergal Gleeson, Ben Moroney, Adrian Tobin

The overall Wine Communicator of the Year award will then be chosen from the category winners by the WCA Board and announced at the awards night in Sydney on Tuesday 8th November 2016.

If you would like to come along and celebrate with the amazingly talented finalists, wine industry friends and peers and see first hand who will be the Category Winners and overall Communicator of the Year, book your tickets today.

The 2016 Victorian Legend of the Vine was awarded to Kathleen Quealy.  Kathleen, humbly accepted the award Friday 21st October at the WCA Royal Melbourne Wine Awards luncheon.  As our first female WCA Legend of the Vine, Kathleen has been involved in the industry for nearly 40 years and remains a stalwart supporter of diversity and independence.  We congratulate Kathleen and welcome her to the prestigious list that includes WCA Patron James Halliday, Rob Hirst, Patrick Iland, David Lowe, Phil Laffer, Chris Anstee, Ross Brown, Colin Campbell, Iain Riggs, Bill Hardy and d'Arry Osborn.

WCA webinar
Join us for our Export Update Webinar where you will hear first hand from Wine Australia, Heads of Market:

Laura Jewell MW - Europe, Middle East, Africa
Aaron Ridgway - North America
Hiro Tejima - Asia
Willa Yang - China

Friday, 4th November, 1pm - 2pm AEST.  If you can't make this time/date but are interested in the information that will be discussed, please register so that you will receive a copy of the recording.  To register click here.

In preparation for this webinar, we would love for you to send us a list of things you would like to know about each market.  Or a list of general export questions. 

Please send your list / questions to, Lynda at

Industry News
Wine Australia released an Export Report on the growth in all price points for bottled wine as China becomes the highest value market during the week.  More details here.

The 2016 Australia China Food and Agribusiness Summit is being held in Sydney, 2nd November.  The Australia China Business Council has offered WCA members a special rate, at $220 instead of the general public rate of $300. To receive the discount, use the drop down list while booking and select "ACBC".  Book your tickets here.

The Australia China Business Council, along with Asialink Business and Ashurst would also like to invite you to attend That State of the Nation: China - China's Digital Economy, 3rd December.

The expert panellists will discuss how China is embracing a service and innovation led economy as well as economic transformation and the new economic opportunities for Australian businesses. They will also focus on E-commerce and mirco-finance, looking at China’s transformation from an unregulated market to a greater regulation.  Book here.

AWRI are presenting a series of workshops that will help wineries enhance their profitability using luxury business strategy and design thinking tools in November.  For more information on these workshops, click here.

SA Food Awards are presenting their Gala Dinner being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Friday 25th November, 6.30pm.  Book a ticket to see the shining lights of the SA food industry (matched to some great wines of course).

Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc (WISA) has commissioned research to better understand the wine industry trade show / trade event market with a view of working with all industry stakeholders, including other industry bodies and organisations, to grow and build more comprehensive and valuable trade event offerings.

All respondents will be eligible to be placed in a draw to win $1,000.  Take the survey here.

Other Articles of Interest
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:
Less is more: why wine in smaller packages is the next big thing (
Millennial Women Have Closed the Drinking Gap (

Wine price: Australia 39th most expensive country to buy wine (
Wine exports: Australian wine takes premium in Chinese market (
Women may be out-drinking men thanks to the march of 'wine o'clock' (
Has the Sizzle Left Wine Flash Sales? (


Industry events
The Lade Breeze picnic is a fun day of food and wine and is the perfect opportunity to relax with friends under the shady gums at Lake Breeze.  October 30th, more here.



Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Treasury Wine Estates
Wine Australia
Wine Ark

Accolade Wines

Dig + Fish


Find out all you need to know about exporting. 
Don't miss out on hearing from this amazing panel of experts.

 4th November

1-2pm (AEST)


2016 WCA Awards Night


8th November 2016

6.30pm - 10.00pm

Four Seasons Hotel



2016 WCA AGM


8th November 2016

5.30pm- 6.00pm

Four Seasons Hotel



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