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WCA Update: 27January 2017

This week we farewell Trish Redman who has been a loyal, long serving and diligent member of  the WCA executive for just over seven year.  During which time, the WCA has seen great growth and change.  The board and state committee's wish to recognise Trish for her contribution towards these results and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

WCA would also like to congratulation our Victorian Chapter Chair, Ed Morrison for being awarded the
Fine Wine Partners Scholarship as Australia’s top-performing graduate in the WSET Diploma. 

Industry news
21 graduates from Australia have achieved the coveted WSET Diploma. The graduates were announced in front of 500 industry professionals at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Awards in London last week.  Read more here.

Australian wine export value grew by 7 per cent to $2.22 billion in 2016 and average value grew by 6 per cent to $2.96 per litre free-on-board (FOB), the highest average value since 2009, according to the Wine Australia Export Report December 2016.  The info-graphic below shows the highlights.

The Future Leaders program is open for submissions.

Future Leaders is a professional and personal development program that creates a network of confident, committed individuals who will “be next” and contribute to the future success of the Australian wine community.  To apply click here.

As Wine Australia hosts the Australia Day Tastings this week in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, Wine Australia take a look at the United Kingdom and Irish wine markets.  Read full report here.

Other articles of interest
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:
Wine Equalisation Tax reforms increase value of many registered Australian trade marks
China now Australia's greatest wine hope (
Small Winemakers see strong growth (
WA Winery punches above its weight with 50% of current wine winning trophy, Gold or Silver (

Industry events
The annual Peninsula Piers & Pinots will be held on Sunday 12 March from 12 - 3pm at Flinders foreshore, on the fabulous Mornington Peninsula.

Limestone Coast Festival held over three days in Naracoorte, hosts more than 25 of the regions award-winning wineries and gourmet food producers, February 11-14.

Shakespeare in the Vines is an annual outdoor production of a great Sharkespearean work, presented on the ground of Sevenhill vineyards and seminary in the Clare Valley, February 17-18.

Cellar Door Festival in South Australia presents more than 180 South Australian wineries held in the Adelaide Convention Centre, February 24-26.

Entries are now open for the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA's) - the world's largest and most influential wine competition.  Australian wineries have had great success in the DWWA's, don't miss the opportunity to have your wines judged by the world's leading wine palates.  Entries here.

Wine education
Next month the Sydney Wine Academy are launching the WSET Award Level 1 in Sake course - a one day course conducted by our Sake expert Yukino Ochiai. This is the first time it has been offered in Australia and is a recommended pathway to WSET Level 3 Sake. The one day Sydney CBD course will study the types and characteristics of the major Sake styles as well as discuss the storage and service of Sake. Participants taste a good range of Sake and learn how describe them. A short multiple choice question examination is taken at the end of the day.
Also starting in February is the Sydney Wine Academy comprehensive Professional Sommelier Course which runs over 17 weeks. This is an excellent one day per week course (Monday 9:30 til 4pm) designed for the young professional to help them into a position as Sommelier. A range of Sommelier and wine lecturers conduct the course and it has a great track record of Award winning Sommeliers as past graduates.  Separate units of study include:

  • Australian Wine Industry
  • Beer Spirits and liqueurs
  • Sommelier Wine Service
  • Imported wines (up to WSET level 2 knowledge)
  • Food and Beverage Matching
  • Wine List design
  • Wine outlet management

After completion students gain direct entry into the WSET Award Level 3 course.  For more information, click here. 


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