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WCA Update: 23 September 2016 

WCA news
We are very pleased to advise we received a record number of entries to the Wine Communicator Awards this year.  Good luck to all who participated!

Winners are announced and presented at a gala event, at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney on Tuesday, 8th November

WCA webinars
WCA are teaming up with Wine Australia to offer a FREE webinar, Tuesday 4th October, 1pm - 2pm (AEST).
In this webinar you’ll hear from range of sector experts to give you a complete understanding of the export process.   You will gain step by step advice on how to approach exporting and make the most of the opportunities available. 
Some of the topics being covered will include; obtaining a licence, product registration and permits; knowing what data and resources are available to identify which market is right for you and what market program opportunities are available for new exporters. There will also be advice from Austrade and Tradestart on different grants and support that is available both overseas and in your region. Efic will also discuss how the Federal Government Agency can provide finance for exporters. 

The panel of presenters includes:

Rebecca Fox - Acting Manager Export Assistance, Wine Australia
Mark Rowley – Senior Analyst, Wine Australia
Linda Marchesan - Senior Trade Adviser, Food & Agribusiness, Austrade
Nicola Kelly - Export Adviser, TradeStart
Liam Carroll - Liam Carroll Account Manager, SME–S, Efic
Ali Lockwood – Manager – Stakeholder Engagement, Wine Australia

Make a booking today.

Industry news
A paper on WET rebate was release during the week, by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O'Dwyer.  Read more here

Wine Australia release their latest market bulletin, focussing on UK on-trade and off-trade insights. More here.

New home for St Hugo in the Barossa Valley, read more here.

Congratulations to all the winners of the Australian Hotels Association Awards for excellence.  Read who the winners are here.

Congratulations also goes out to Mark Chandler who has been appointed First Membership Director for Wine Marketing Council.  Read more here.

Other Articles of Interest
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:
The story of award-winning winemaker Sarah Crowe (
Can you judge a wine by its label? (
Wine’s geographical symbol of success (

WCA events
2016 WCA Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch, Friday, 30th September 2016 -
Book here.

2016 WCA Royal Melbourne Wine Show Lunch
After a successful event last year, it is on again - this years "Jimmy and the hidden gems".  Held Friday, October 21st, guests will enjoy amazing food (from Blakes Feast), matched with the 2016 Jimmy Watson winner, trophy winning wines and high scoring hidden gems!  An event not to be missed.

Book your tickets here.

Other events
The Heathcoat Wine & Food Festival, Heathcote Showgrounds, 8th - 9th October.

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

Tuesday 4th October
1-2pm (AEST)

2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Luncheon

Friday - September 30th
VIP Tasting
11.30am - 12.30pm
12.00pm - 3.30pm

Ridley Centre
Adelaide Showgrounds

2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show Luncheon

Friday - October 21st
12.00pm for 12.30pm

124 Langford Street, North Melbourne



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