Decanter World Wine Awards

The World's largest and most influential wine competition is now in its 14th edition. Entries have just opened and close on March 3rd, 2017. Western Australian wineries can take advantage of the consolidated shipping direct from WA, all wines must be received by February 24th.

Enter online and save £20 per entry
Online entry: GBP £126 per wine
Consolidated shipping: Add GBP £40 per wine

Further information about the awards and why you should enter is in the attached documents. Visit our website\enter to have all the information you need to know about how to enter, why you should enter, shipping your samples and the judging panels.

Don't miss the opportunity to have your wines judged by the world's leading wine palates. Should you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stephanie Duboudin 0437 663 878

Federal Government Announces Revised WET Rebate Integrity Measure Amendments

Federal Government Announces Revised WET Rebate Integrity Measure Amendments

Wines of Western Australia (WoWA) warmly welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government of important integrity reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate and supports those reforms. This is a good news story of Government and Industry working together to achieve optimum and balanced outcomes.

Senator Ruston is to be congratulated on the thorough and extensive consultation process that she has conducted with the wine industry since the announcement of these reforms in the 2016 Budget. This process highlighted the importance of the WET rebate to small premium wine producers, particularly those operating in regional areas where they are a critical part of their local economies and tourism infrastructure.

WoWA has worked with the Government on behalf of the fine wine regions in Western Australia to ensure that the reforms refocus and restore integrity to the WET rebate system and continue to provide relief to small premium winemakers from the burden of WET. WoWA has been instrumental in the formulation of key aspects of the reforms, in particular:

• the eligibility criteria which will ensureyoung and innovative winemakers can enter the market and;
• and the cellar door rebate scheme which will encourage producers to continue to invest in their cellar door operations and support their local tourism industry.

Moving the amendments out to July 2018 will allow wine producers to refocus their businesses operations. Considering the extent of the reforms, this is a well measured revision due to the long production lead times in the wine industry.
Everything in the revised policy is focused around returning the rebate to its original intent and the Government has absolutely nailed it. We look forward to continued discussions over its implementation, the $50m Wine Tourism and Export Development Fund and future taxation reviews.

At the local level, we would like to make a special mention to Senator Dean Smith, Senator Chris Back, Hon. Christian Porter MP, Nola Marino MP, Rick Wilson MP and Andrew Hastie MP for their grassroots input in assessing economic and social consequences in regional wine communities. These grassroots assessments were also supported by Premier Colin Barnett and local MP Libby Mettam.

Australian Women in Wine Awards

It’s a big day here at The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society as together with the AWIWA Advisory Board we announce the finalists of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards! Woo hoo!

There were six awards on offer this year, up from four in 2015, and the number and strength of the entries received exceeded all expectation. AWIWA Advisory Board member, wine writer, and long-time advocate for women in wine Jeni Port, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in this, the second year, of the awards.

“The number of entrants has increased considerably from last year. We have had entries from those working in big wine companies and small, in isolated regions and wine areas that roll a little easier off the tongue, then there have been those contributing to truly world-class research and science that places Australia at the forefront of international wine knowledge and, importantly those women – and men – actively striving for gender equality and fairness in the workplace,” said Ms. Port.

“Our finalists announced today represent the cream of what is truly a magnificent bunch of Australians in wine.”

Brian Walsh, Chair of Wine Australia, who joined the AWIWA Board this year, said that the judging process was both onerous and inspiring.

“There was an amazing depth of talent across the entries and everyone had a different story to share – from seasoned contributors to those who who are rapidly making their mark. Many have only reluctantly entered at the urging of their peers and loved-ones, modestly believing that they are just normal women in wine. I think super-normal is more appropriate,” observed Mr. Walsh.

The breadth of the wine community was well represented within entries – from wine tourism to distribution, and from PR to winemaking – demonstrating that although still in their infancy, these awards are reaching and recognizing women right across the value chain.

The finalists in each of the six award categories are (in alphabetical order):   

Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Wine Ark
Jo Marsh, Emma Norbiato, Anna Pooley, Alexia Roberts

Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia
Jennifer Doyle, Prue Henschke, Kate Strachan

Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Halliday
Eliza Brown, Sarah Collingwood, Jenny Semmler, Kim Tyrer

Workplace Champion of Change – sponsored by Vinomofo
Irene Hatzigeorgiou, Lyndey Milan, Iain Riggs

Researcher of the Year – sponsored by Lallemand
Dimitra Capone, Roberta De Bei & Cassandra Collins (team), Kerry Wilkinson

Cellar Door Person of the Year
Rebecca Barr, Renee Brown, Kara Hood, Peta Serafin


Awards Night – Tuesday 15 November 2016

Once again, the Australian Women in Wine Awards has shunned the ‘grand gala night’. Instead, to maximize the reach and inclusiveness of these awards, the winners will be announced via a live stream broadcast on Tuesday 15 November at 7:30pm AEDT. Each wine region and city is being encouraged to host their own gathering to celebrate the announcement, and can register their event online via the awards website.

Western Australia Worth Sharing is now live

Western Australia Worth Sharing, a new, international export-focussed branding initiative for the State’s agrifood sector, was launched on Friday by the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Colin Barnett MLA.

You can read the Government’s media statement here:

We also encourage you to visit the brand website, which is now live at

Western Australia Worth Sharing puts the State’s exporting agrifood producers at the heart of an international marketing campaign, inviting global consumers to share Western Australia’s world-class produce.

Over the next few weeks, we will be seeking to develop further awareness of the brand in order to sign up more exporting companies. To assist in these efforts, we would appreciate your assistance sharing the website and associated videos on any social media channels your organisation may operate.

The link below provides you with all the relevant material, including links to the YouTube channel, brand book, and a selection of suggested posts.

Should you have any questions about this initiative, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Stuart Crockett, Director International Trade and Investment

9222 0455 or


Dione Tonts, Manager Strategic Projects

9222 0431 or


WA State Government Survey for Regional Residents

The Department of Regional Development, in partnership with Ernst & Young is conducting the Living in the Regions survey again this year to find out more about regional communities in Western Australia.

·       Living in the Regions is Australia’s largest survey of regional residents. The results provide a rich picture of the experiences, perspectives and attitudes of regional residents, and will form a valuable input to policy development for regional communities.

·       Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman yesterday announced the Living in the Regions 2016 survey and has strongly encouraged regional residents to participate and contribute towards shaping the future development of regional WA.

·       Closing date for the survey is Wednesday 30 November 2016.

·       Visit the DRD website for more information and to complete the survey.

Gross Margin Ready Reckoner Targeting Profitable Margins for Australian Wine

Wine Australia has launched an updated and improved Gross Margin Ready Reckoner. 

The Gross Margin Ready Reckoner is a free and confidential business planning tool that allows wineries to run different production and market scenario simulations to determine the most relevant price point for their wine in a specific export market. 

Wineries can model the impact of changes in product mix, pricing, markets and distribution strategies on their profit margins.

Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said the Gross Margin Ready Reckoner will help to improve the competitiveness of Australian wine internationally and support the success of Australian wine businesses.

‘Exports have always been critical to the success of the Australian wine sector. Currently, 60 per cent of wine produced in Australia is destined for export and in the last financial year, the value of our exports reached $2.11 billion’, he said.

‘The Gross Margin Ready Reckoner will help our sector to get the most from export opportunities as it provides a benchmark with the most suitable price point in a specific market, based on the individual business needs of a winery.

‘The tool calculates profitability under different business scenarios across production and the supply chain, using information from the individual winery, as well as benchmark and tax data generated from a number of sources.’  

The Gross Margin Ready Reckoner was first developed in 2007 by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Australia. 

Working with Deloitte, Wine Australia has completely updated the Gross Margin Ready Reckoner to include the latest grape pricing, tax regimes, general cost updates and changes to tariff rates arising from Australia’s free trade agreements.

The tool bases its calculations on pre-populated averages and estimates across the supply chain in order to create a basic benchmark.

To create an individual benchmark report, the Gross Margin Ready Reckoner poses specific questions over three steps:

•                  winegrape origin and variety

•                  destination market, and

•                  wine production and storage costs.

Wineries can adjust the inputs on the comparison screens to examine the impacts of changes to input costs such as exchange rates, shipping and route to market.

The Gross Margin Ready Reckoner can be accessed at

Wine Australia - Export Update 2016

As the economic and consumer landscape continues to change, the Australian wine sector must evolve and adapt. At this year's Exporter Update we will feature the latest insights from Wine Australia's Heads of Market from North America, UK/Europe, China and Asia Pacific and will include the results of valuable research on global perceptions of Australian wine. A panel discussion led by pre-eminent wine commentator, Robert Joseph and an update on the World's Best 50 Restaurants Campaign from Tourism Australia will be highlights on the day. 


9:00AM- 5:00PM
Main Sessions

5:00PM- 7:00PM

National Wine Centre

RSVP by 29 October 2016

For export strategy decision makers

Free Entry


- The Additional $50M: Consultation Update
- Efic Global Economy Update
- Wine Australia Export Update
- Perceptions of Australian Wine: results of the latest research

Panel discussion lead by special guest Robert Joseph - The Wine topics on the agenda include innovation, consumerism, distribution, premiumisation, luxury, transition, disruption, narration, connectivity and status. 


North America: How can we make Australian Shiraz exciting again?
UK/Europe: Implications of BREXIT for business and the way forward for the Australian category.
China: The TMall platform and the potential for e-commerce in China.
Asia Pacific: Leveraging the Free Trade Agreements in South Korea.
Regulatory: Update on recent regulatory developments for exporters.


Brand Australia & the World's Best 50 Restaurants | Tourism Australia
Key Learning & Themes from the Day | Robert Joseph


Continue the conversation with canapés and a glass of wine with fellow attendees and the speakers. 
Please bring a bottle to share.

And the winners from this year's Swan Valley Wine Show are...

The 2016 Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show Gala Awards Dinner was held at Mandoon Estate last Friday 26 August. Mandoon Estate provided a sensational backdrop for the gala awards dinner which was attended by winemakers throughout the region, Swan Valley business owners and members of the community.

Following the judging of over 230 wines, Talijancich Wines was awarded Most Successful Producer and the Singapore Airlines Trophy for the Best Wine of Show and with their Julian James White Liqueur NV.

Pinelli Estate Wines was awarded four trophies for their Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007 including the Best Swan Valley Table Wine, Best Dry White Table Wine and Chairman’s Trophy.  Mandoon Estate was awarded the Best Dry Red Table Wine and Best Shiraz for their The Pact Shiraz 2014. Sittella Wines was awarded Best White Blend with their 2009 Museum Silk

International guest judge Mr Lim Hwee Peng from WineCraft Singapore emphasised his message throughout his stay that the Swan Valley region should not continue to be described as a hot climate winemaking region. ‘’For me, there was a real taste of Europe in the wines made in the Swan Valley. Perhaps Mediterranean rather than hot should be used in climate description, and by not emphasising hot there is a better chance for Swan Valley wines to be appreciated in the right context,” Mr Lim said.

The judges were impressed with the exceptional standard of wines in the Chenin Blanc categories. In the ‘2016 Chenin Blanc’ class, 5 out 6 of the wines entered were awarded medals and in the ‘2015 and older Chenin Blanc’ class 3 out of 5 received medals. They also noted ‘’Shiraz is what the Swan Valley does so well.’’

John Hanley, Chairman of Judges at this year’s show said that ‘’The fortified wines were some of the best, not just in Western Australia but in Australia.’’

The Spirit of the Swan Award was presented to the Dinneen Family to honour the late Alan Dinneen, a highly respected Swan Valley wine ambassador and wine judge.  The Spirit of the Swan is a biennial award presented to an individual who has exhibited an outstanding achievement or contributed to the promotion of Swan Valley wine, winemaking, viticulture, tourism, sales or marketing. The Dinneen family have run Chateau Guildford on Swan Street in Guildford since 1974 which continues to stock a large range of Swan Valley wine.

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