Entries Open for Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show

September 18th to 20th, 2019

The judging team for this year’s Geographe Wine Show has now been finalised and the region is thrilled to welcome back Julian Langworthy as chief judge.

Julian is James Halliday's Wine Maker of the Year 2019, a Jimmy Watson Award winner, Ray Jordan's 2017 Winemaker of the Year and a Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year nominee, and is regarded as one of the most talented winemakers in Australia.

His impressive career has included vintages in France and Canada, as well as senior winemaking roles in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. Says Julian “I am super excited to be returning to Bunbury and the Geographe Wine Show as the chair of judges. I had an excellent and eye opening experience last year as to how great the wines produced in the Geographe region can be.”

Completing the Senior Judging team will be two South Australians, Paul Hotker and Pablo Theodoro. Paul is Senior Winemaker at Bleasdale Vineyards in Langhorne Creek SA, 2018 Halliday Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year and a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller WMOTY, and Pablo is one of the team behind some of South Australia’s favourite bars and retailers, Mothervine, Bridge Hotel & Cellars and Hills & Back Wines.

Entries to this year’s show are now open with classes for Geographe Wines and WA Alternative Varieties. There is also a new trophy for ‘Best Rose’, which is fitting as Julian Langworthy is considered by some to be the ‘King of Rose’.

The Wine Show Dinner tickers are also on sale and both entries and tickets can be purchased online www.geographewine.com.au

All enquiries to Jo O’Dea: wineshow@geographewine.com.au


Colin Bell Awarded 2018 ASVO Viticulturist of the Year

Colin Bell starts most days at the crack of dawn with a surf or a run along the coastline, and then jumps in his ute and heads to the ‘office’ – the vineyards of the Margaret River region where he manages company vineyards and consults to wineries and growers in his viticultural consultancy role with AHA Viticulture.

In between, he serves as a board member for Wines of Western Australia, and a Director and independent board member of Australian Vignerons.

Colin’s contribution to the wine sector was recognised recently with the 2018 ASVO Viticulturist of the Year Award – with the judges noting his ‘steadfast commitment to sector connectivity to achieve improvement in all facets of production, financial management, marketing of grapes and wine brand development’.

Colin said he loves to challenge practices and use innovation to improve performance and generate profitable businesses.

Read here for the full story.

Horgans Honoured with Lifetime Membership

Industry stalwarts Denis and Tricia Horgan from Leeuwin Estate were last week honoured with a Wines of WA Lifetime Membership Award presented by the Hon. Alannah McTiernan at a wine industry Parliament House cocktail event.

The event was an opportunity for both wine and tourism industry leaders to meet and discuss issues with Members of Parliament. WoWA Chair Trevor Whittington addressed the function, commenting that the wine industry was linked to all facets of regional development and government agencies. Export and wine tourism were the key areas of growth for the industry.

A full transcript of his speech can be downloaded here, and the media release here.

Wine Show of Western Australia Results

The 2018 Wine Show of Western Australia is one of the key fixtures in the Great Southern wine industry.

This year was the 41st show staged, and attracted 832 entries. Chief judge was Samantha Connew, a highly respected wine show judge and Panel Chair at many regional and capital city wine shows. Other judges included Courtney Treacher, Dave Brookes, Pete Bissell, and International Judge Hwee Peng from Singapore.

The judges awarded a total of 592 medals - 340 bronze, 166 silver & 86 gold.  

Regional breakdown of entries showed that 431 were from Margaret River fruit, 274 from Great Southern and of those, 94 were from the Frankland Region,  58 from Mt Barker,  and 50 from Porongurup. Swan Valley had 15 and Pemberton 22 entries.

Trophy winners included Stella Bella Shiraz 2017 - Singapore Airlines Trophy Best Wine of Show and Best Red Wine of Show; Aldi Stores Blackstone Paddock 2017 Limited Release Chardonnay - Best White Wine of Show; Cherubino Wines - Most Successful Exhibitor Overall.

A full list of winners is available here.

Competitive New Rates for Australia Post

The 2018-19 WA wine industry agreement with Australia Post has been finalised.

The new agreement offers very competitive rates for wine producers to most destinations within WA and interstate. The contract now uses the eParcel service and producers must establish an eParcel account with Australia Post to access the contracted rates. Please contact Wines of WA at winewa@winewa.asn.au for assistance in doing so.

You can access the new rate schedule here and the eParcel guide book here.

Note that the new eParcel rates offer significantly reduced rates in comparison to the superseded parcel post service rates to most destinations, in particular to all capital cities and major regional centres. In some instances, rates to country areas will have increased. 

As previously, there are two zones: W0 for Perth Metro lodgements and; W2 for south-west lodgements. Additionally, there are now 2 price bands for each zone as outline below:

Band A - for businesses sending more than 1000 parcels per year:

Improved same state metro rates and local region pricing.

  • Perth (W0) to Perth (W0) now $6.75 (from $6.95) ONLY $5.25 for second carton to same address.

  • South West (W2) to Perth (W0) is now only $7.50

  • From Southwest (W2) to Southwest (W2) has reduced by 35% (Now only $18 for 16kg, down from $27)

Band B - no minimum annual volumes to receive special rates:

Competitive tiered pricing - as your volumes grow, pricing improves.

Improved same state metro rates and local region pricing.

  • Improved local rate, Southwest (W2) to Southwest was $27, now $20.00

Services for all bands:

  • Compensation via Transit Cover for lost or damaged wine can be included at a special rate of 0.6% per $100, 40% off regular price.

  • A fully tracked service via  eParcel.

  • All parcels lodged on the wine service will receive at no extra charge a mandatory ID check if the receiver appears under 25.

Stay tuned for further information regarding additional services through eParcel.

 Receivers will also be sent notification inflight advising them that a wine delivery is on its way and that a person over 18 must be home to receive the order, this will result in a more positive experience for your customers.

$2M Investment in Wine Tourism

Wines of Western Australia is the driving force behind a three-year International Wine Tourism strategy which seeks to increase international visitation to the state’s wine regions, increase visit lengths and spending in the region. The strategy has been endorsed by federal and state governments who, in conjunction with industry, have committed $2 million to the cause under Wine Australia’s Export and Regional Wine Support Package.

WoWA is the lead agency in the implementation of the strategy, supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tourism Western Australia, and regional wine associations.

The strategy involves four key planks – inter-region collaboration with key sector partners, wine tourism product development, integrated communications and promotions, and regional partnerships and support programs.

WoWA is already working on the introduction of latest technology digital platforms created specifically for wine producers and regions, and assist consumers improve their navigation around wine regions with a full suite of interactive content. This technology, developed by Scoop Digital in Perth, is groundbreaking in its ability to integrate complex information and disseminate it to third party sites as well as providing smart interactive templates for application to wineries and wine regions. All content is being translated into Mandarin.

Gaps and shortcomings in the regional tourism offerings will also be audited as part of the strategy, with workshops, and information seminars planned to address these gaps and support cellar doors to build capacity.

A large part of the success of the strategy will rely on the fostering on inter-regional collaboration and alliances to cross-promote, extend opportunities and avoid duplication of resources. To this end, a Wine Tourism Alliance has been established, consisting of representatives from the wine industry, Tourism WA, DPIRD and regional tourism organisations. The Alliance will provide input to the strategy and ensure that interests of stakeholders are represented and information is dispersed to relevant networks.

The Wine Tourism Strategy is critically aligned with the existing Western Australian Wine Industry Strategic Plan 2014–2024 that aims to double wine exports to $100 million by 2021.

Funding for the initiative was announced today by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston who confirmed the $1 million commitment to support the WA wine industry.

This is matched by a $1 million combined WA Government and WA wine industry investment, announced by WA Minister for Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan, WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia and Wines of Western Australia.

WoWA CEO Larry Jorgensen said, “This is the first time that a strategy is in place which is the result of a collaboration with state and national agencies, and wine, food and tourism sectors.

This will provide a legacy for future collaboration long after the funding is depleted in 2020, which in the long-term, augurs well for ongoing efficient and effective implementation of resources.”

Further information:

Larry Jorgensen

CEO@winewa.asn.au 0448 884 161


WA excels in 2019 Halliday gongs

The Halliday 2019 Wine Companion was released last night with the usual intensity of excitement and curiosity, followed by proud announcements from all wineries in receipt of the highly coveted accolades.

In Western Australia, whilst a disproportionately high number are rated 5 ‘red’ stars and 90+ ratings, there were several awards worthy of special mentions:

‘Wine of the Year’ was awarded to Porongurup winery Duke’s Vineyard ‘Magpie Hill’ Reserve Riesling 2017 (99 points). This is the first time that the award has been given to a white wine and is testament to the quality of Riesling from mature vineyards in the Great Southern region.

‘Winemaker of the Year’ went to Julian Langworthy from Deep Woods Estate in Margaret River, who has consistently produced award winning wines for the Deep Woods portfolio, including a Jimmy Watson win in 2016.

Langworthy said, “I’m super excited to be recognized as Halliday’s Winemaker of the year! It is of course a team effort to make great wines and we are continually assisted in making them by the amazing place we live and call home – W.A.”

Best Chardonnay went to Denmark’s Singlefile Wines for their 2015 The Vivienne Denmark Chardonnay (98pts).

Best Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year went to Cullen Wines 2015 Vanya Wilyabrup Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, which scored 99 points.

Best Semillon Sauvignon Blanc went to Stella Bella for their 2015 Suckfizzle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.

Halliday’s Wine Companion is now available through bookshops and newsagents or direct from Hardie Grant Publishers.

Increase Your Capacity at Cellar Door

Tourism WA with Wine Tourism Australia and Destination Marketing Store is facilitating workshops in six regions from the 22nd of May to the 7th June designed to assist wineries build capacity in their cellar doors. The three part workshops will be delivered by Robin Shaw - Wine Tourism Australia, and Charlotte Prouse - Destination Marketing Store. Workshops run from 9am - 5pm. 

Full details here or email stephanie.frere@westernaustralia.com

2019 Nuffield Scholarships Open

Applications for the 2019 Nuffield Scholarships are now open. Farmers and farm managers between the ages of 28 and 45 are encouraged to apply for scholarship which this year carries the theme 'Produce Change'.

Nuffield Australia CEO Jodie Dean said the theme ‘Produce Change’ was inspired and encouraged by both the successes of existing Scholars and the next wave of farmers, who are redefining agriculture in an age of unprecedented technological advances and globalisation.

“Producing change goes straight to the heart of what we do at Nuffield. Nuffield Scholars research and deliver practical change that adds real value to farm businesses and the Australian community more broadly,” Ms. Dean said.

This year, there are up to 25 scholarships on offer, each valued at $30,000.

Each scholarship runs for 18 months and enables farmers to travel overseas for 16 weeks, to discover and learn from some of the best operators in the business, who are making a meaningful impact on their industry, and to share those learnings back home.

For more information or to apply visit the website here.

The press release can be downloaded here.

Non-Executive Directors sought for Wine Australia

Applications open for Non-Executive Board Positions

Wine Australia seeks applications for the roles of Non-Executive Directors of Wine Australia from suitably qualified and experienced persons.

In making these appointments, Wine Australia aims to create a balanced board which operates in a collegiate manner and which fosters the appropriate testing and challenging of matters relating to policy, governance, direction and performance of the organisation.

See position description here at Hender Consulting.

Applications in Word format only should be submitted by 13th April via email to The Presiding Member, Wine Australia Selection Committee: 22881@hender.com.au

Confidential telephone enquiries are welcome and may be directed to Julie Brennan at Hender Consulting on (08) 8100 8827.

Download candidate information here.