WCA Update: 12th August 2016
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WCA Update: 12 August 2016  

WCA news
Wine Communicators Australia are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Executive Officer: Mrs Lynda Schenk.

This appointment follows the resignation of Mr Nick Carne as Executive Officer. Nick has been an invaluable asset for WCA, both during his time on the board and also in his nearly 18 months as Executive Officer. During his tenure as EO, Nick oversaw a renewed focus on membership benefits as well as working with the board to redefine the WCA strategy. We hope that Nick will remain involved in the WCA as a consultant and advisor and we wish him all the best for the future. 

Lynda, who commenced with WCA, Monday 8th August said she “is delighted to be working with the amazing team of volunteers at WCA and to steer the ship in growing the value proposition to our members.”

WCA events
The Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch is being held on Friday, 30th September at the Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showgrounds.  During the lunch, WCA will announce its 2016 South Australian 'Legend of the Vine'.  This prestigious award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the wine industry and helped take their message to the world.

Guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course meal accompanied by award-winning wines from the Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2016.

Book your tickets today so you don't miss out on this premier lunch event on the South Australian calendar.

Other events
Mudgee Wine and Food Festival is being held this Sunday 14th August, 11am - 5.00pm at Balmoral Beach. 

Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival at the Sydney Town Hall, 21st August - taste 240 of Italy's finest (including Italian centric Aussie wines).

Awards news
The WCA's 2016 Wine Communicator Awards are open. There are seven separate categories, with our overall Wine Communicator of the Year named from category winners. If you, or someone you know is doing great things to tell the story of Australian wine, now is the time to make some noise. You can find out more and download entry forms here.

Entries are also open for the Australian Women in Wine Awards. Details here.

Industry news
Australia's wine exports have grown to $2.1 billion annually and the average price paid for wine grapes has increased to $527 per tonne, a growth of 14 per cent.  According to wine critic James Halliday, this has been attributed to a massive surge in demand from China.  See the interview with ABC news here.

GoFarm Australia snags one of Australia's largest vineyards.  Read more here.

Accolade Wines, Australia's second-largest wine company, after six years' ownership,  is set return to the stock exchange with a $1 billion-plus listing in the fist half of 2017 as private equity firm CHAMP.  Read more here.

Wine Shows
Registrations close soon for Rutherglen Wine Show, Canberra Regional Wine Show and Limestone Coast Regional Wine Show.  Don't forget to put your entries in.

Weekend reading
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:

High hopes for organic vineyards in SA's Riverland as consumers demand more natural wine (

New law on unfair contract terms to provide protections for farmers and agriculture businesses  (

Festivals and wine brands: how to chase and capture Millennials’ imaginations (

2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Luncheon

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

Ridley Centre
Adelaide Showgrounds


Digital Wine Communicator
New Wine Writer
Best Wine Website or App
Best Feature Articles
Best Wine Book
Best Wine Publication
Best Wine Educator

Award sponsors
The Drinks Association
Calabria Family Wines
Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Treasury Wine Estates

Presentation night sponsor
Riedel Australia


Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Treasury Wine Estates
Wine Australia
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Accolade Wines

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