Supporting Local Wineries as Western Australian Wine List Award Winners Announced

Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

Western Australian restaurants that excel in the provision of wine service and list development have been formally recognised at Restaurant & Catering Australia’s (R&CA) 2016 WA Wine List Awards today.

Casellas Wine Tapas Grill, Bunbury and Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park have won major awards for their wine lists featuring WA wines, while Rustico Tapas Bar in Rockingham Beach picks up two awards for best comprehensive and small bar wine list.

R&CA John Hart CEO has congratulated the winners on their achievements, saying it highlights the importance of the partnership between good food and wine.

“Consumers are increasingly savvy and well informed about their wine choices. Smart operators blend good food and wine together which means a healthier bottom line.
“R&CA’s 2016 Industry Benchmarking Report revealed half of operators design their wine list menu based on consumer demand, with a further 45 per cent indicating price and ability to source wine from the local region as important contributing factors to their wine lists.
“More importantly, over 71 per cent of operators believed it was important to profile Australian wines on their wine list.

For the second consecutive year, R&CA has partnered with Wines of Western Australia to deliver the WA Wine List Awards. Wines of WA’s CEO Larry Jorgensen is proud to have partnered with R&CA again to promote and support the Western Australian wine industry.

“WA wineries are producing world class wines and are an asset to any restaurant wine list. I’m pleased they feature so prominently on the menus of Australia’s best restaurants,” Mr Jorgensen says.

Mr Hart says the event is an important reminder of the value locals and visitors alike place on our food and wine offering.

“I’m pleased Tourism WA have also lent their support to these Awards. Promoting local produce and wine through restaurants is a key focus of WA’s Taste 2020 strategy which the industry backs and supports.

“It’s also a key focus of Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia campaign that encourages international visitors to come dine on our shores.

Max Veenhuyzen, R&CA’s Wine List Judge echoed Mr Hart’s comments: “It’s thrilling to see so much diversity in wine lists across the state. Perhaps most impressive is the number of new labels making it on to these lists.

“Whether winemakers are getting better at selling their product or restauranteurs are getting better at unearthing new producers, long may it continue. It’s a win-win for the industry and a public thirsty for great juice,” Mr Veenhuyzen says.

Major Winners of the WA Wine List Awards

The winning restauranteurs include:

  •  Restaurant Wine List – Extensive: Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park
  •  Restaurant Wine List – Comprehensive: Rustico Tapas Bar, Rockingham Beach
  •  Small Bar Wine List: Rustico Tapas Bar, Rockingham Beach
  •  Best Regional Wine List Featuring WA Wines: Casellas Wine Tapas Grill, Bunbury
  •  Best Metropolitan Wine List Featuring WA Wines: Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park

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A new era for the Margaret River Region

Importantly, the new brand provides a united voice for our region, and uniquely positions us against our competitors ...
— Pip Close, CEO Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association

History was made in the Margaret River Region in Western Australia last night, with the official launch of the new Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA).

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Policy on the Run - WA Wine Industry Response to the 2015-16 State Budget

The WA wine industry was disappointed to be informed of the abolishment of the long standing state based Cellar Door Rebate through the release of the 2015-16 state budget yesterday. 

With no prior consultation, the industry was not able to provide the state government with information on the value of the rebate to wine regions in the state’s south west.  The rebate provided regionally based WA producers with an incentive to resource cellar door and wine tourism offerings.  These businesses are significant tourism attractions, driving visitation to south west wine regions.  They are also significant employers within these regions and create an environment where synergistic businesses thrive, providing a further employment multiplying effect.

It is difficult to understand why a scheme that was an incentive to food and wine tourism businesses would be abolished when the state government is also purporting to support the transition from a “mining boom to a dining boom”.

Wines of WA President, Redmond Sweeny suggested that a better approach would have been to “consult with our industry to gain a deeper understanding of how the subsidy is re-invested back into the region through the operation of significant wine tourism businesses.  Businesses re-invest to create unique regional experiences that attract visitation by domestic and international travellers who are seeking a premium experience.”

WoWA is buoyed by the positive approach to resourcing tourism market development in the budget via an additional $24m for new destination marketing. WoWA also welcomes the increase in funding to attract more visitors to the state with the Tourism WA marketing budget increase to $31.2 million.
WoWA also backs the $27 million investment over three years to support the State Government’s events program and to target interstate and international conferences, and $11 million of Royalties for Regions funding to extend the Regional Tourism Marketing Program. This will have a positive effect on wine tourism businesses

AGWA Regional Roadshow

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority will present a series of Roadshows in WA next week.

Dates are as follows:

Great Southern - Wednesday 6th May, 9 am - 11 am
Margaret River - Thursday 7th May, 9 am - 11 am
Perth - Friday 8th May 9 am - 11 am

For venue information and registration follow this link - AGWA Registration

Topics covered are:

  • The 2015-16 Market Development Program
  • Industry input to the AGWA 3 year Strategic Plan