2017 has been a year of consolidation, success and opportunity for the WA wine industry.
While much hard work is still ahead of all of us, indicators of improved trading conditions provide reasons to be optimistic. Increases in price for fruit and bulk wine suggest stronger demand flowing through the value chain. An increase in the total value and value per litre of WA wine exports will also positively affect domestic trading conditions if the trend continues.
There are opportunities for WA to access government funding - the Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the Package) - aimed at driving cellar door and direct sales via wine tourism, and opportunities in key export markets.
WoWA will continue to represent the interests of all regions and producers in securing this funding, working with regional associations to ensure that it delivers tangible benefits to all industry.
The APC fee for service model ensures WoWA has the means to represent all of industry to Government and government agencies, using the Strategic Plan as the blueprint. We have made significant and effective input to policy around numerous industry issues, including:
- WET rebate reform
- Export Regional Wine Support package and $1M in funding for WA
- Wine and health issues working with WFA
- Autumn prescribed burning activities
- Securing and administering ongoing funding for Regions to implement export market development activities
- Securing and administering ongoing funding for the Wine Industry Technical Committee to undertake RDE&A programs that are relevant to WA producers
Further detail around our activities can be found in the Annual Report, here.
WA producers continue to go from strength to strength on the domestic and international stage. Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix were crowned Winery of the Year by UK’s Matthew Jukes and Wine Spectator in the USA respectively. A disproportionate number of our producers, big and small, carried off swags of trophies and medals on the national show circuit, testament to their commitment to quality and innovation.