Decanter World Wine Awards Entries Sought

Entries are closing soon for the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.

Judged by the top experts from around the globe, DWWA is trusted internationally for its rigorous judging process and unrivalled source of wine recommendations. 

Decanter endorses and promotes DWWA winners bringing your wines to the attention of highly discerning consumers, buyers, sommeliers and distributors via a series of global tastings and promotions to over 540,000+ monthly users on http://www.decanter.com

Click here to find out more details on the benefits of entering DWWA 2018

How to enter

Key DWWA Dates

15 February 2018 – Delivery deadline for consolidated shipping depots (Australia and NZ)
02 March 2018 – DWWA closes for entries & payment deadline
09 March 2018 – Deadline for direct deliveries to the UK warehouse
30 April – 04 May 2018 – DWWA Judging Week
08 – 11 May 2018 – DWWA Platinum Tasting
May 2018 – Results available to entrants only via online account
June 2018 – Full results published on Decanter.com

For any questions or assistance please contact:

Stephanie Duboudin, Account Manager DWWA AUS/NZ

+61 437 663 878 / Stephanie_duboudin@freelance.decanter.com

Matthews Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines

WA Wineries Feature in Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines

Congratulations to Leeuwin Estate and Mosswood who have been included in the top 40 of Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines for 2017.

Leeuwin Estate was also named Winery of the Year and awarded his highest point score, a perfect 20/20 for the new release 2014 Art Series Chardonnay in his annual 100 Best Australian Wines Report at the London launch on 23 May 2017.

 

Matthew reflected on the influence that Leeuwin Estate has had on the UK market noting:

"I have followed Leeuwin Estate closely for 28 years – I tasted my first Art Series Chardonnay in April 1990 and I remember it as if it was yesterday. 

"I have bought, sold and/or written about this pioneering estate every single year since.  Leeuwin is a titan among Australian boutique wineries.  No other estate has such a lofty nor long term grip on Chardonnay supremacy.  When I pour Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay or Art Series Chardonnay at events or on the Roadshow consumers are actively excited to taste the wine. 

"These wines have an aura of greatness and even newcomers to wine seem to have heard this name.  Perhaps this is because this idyllic estate brings so much more than just its epic wines to our lives.  The art gallery (and labels), restaurant and music/concert sub-themes bring this winery to life and they show that Denis and Trish and now Simone and Justin Horgan appreciate how wine is but one part of the overall experience of our artistic and hedonistic existence.

"I will never forget a vertical tasting of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay, hosted by their most fervent cheerleader, UK agent Hilary Gibbs from Burgundy specialists Domaine Direct, back in 2002.  We tasted wines from 1987 – 1999 and every single wine was sublime.  Fifteen-year-old Chardonnay, back then, which stood up perfectly and reminded us that Australia was becoming a Chardonnay force to be reckoned with, was a siren call to us all in the UK. 

"It was, to my mind, the beginning of Australia’s Chardonnay era, which continues to evolve to this day.  Without Leeuwin I feel that the entire country would not have travelled so far so fast and with their standards as high as ever, and with Art Series Cabernet joining the Chardonnay as an important wine for serious wine lovers’ cellars, it is my immense pleasure to announce that Leeuwin has picked up this year’s Winery of the Year title."

The 100 Best Australian Wines Report is available for sale on matthewjukes.com in ‘digital’ .pdf form.

 

 

Registration now open for Aussie Wine Month

The biggest celebration of Australian wine, Aussie Wine Month will return this May to showcase the exceptional quality and diversity of wine produced in our own backyard.

For wine enthusiasts to complete novices, Aussie Wine Month gives everyone across the country the chance to learn more and get excited about Australian wine, experience new and legendary Australian wines and discover the stories that make them unique.

Registrations are now open for restaurants, bars, cellar doors, retail stores and wine brands to take part in the month long celebration by organising an event or promotion that focuses on Australian wine.

All events uploaded to the Aussie Wine Month website will be promoted across Aussie Wine Month marketing and social channels in the lead up and during the month of May.

Help us spread the word that Australian wine is the best!

Ideas for Aussie Wine Month activities include:
• Food and wine pairing dinner
• Event with focus on the latest wine trends or alternative varieties
• Wine tastings
• Meet the wine maker event
• Wine workshops and masterclasses
• All Aussie wine list
• Aussie wine parties
• Promotions on Australian wine sales
• Australian wine of the day
• Food and wine festivals

Check out www.aussiewinemonth.com now and register your activity for free.

Aussie Wine Month will run nationwide from 1 – 31st May 2017.

Halliday, Hancock and Horgan - honoured as wine industry 'greats'

The outstanding achievements of three ‘greats’ of the Australian wine industry have been honoured at a special awards presentation held by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) in Adelaide last night.

James Halliday AM, Chris Hancock MW and Denis Horgan AM were named Life Members of the Australian Wine Industry.

Each of the recipients is a household name and their efforts in the nation’s vineyards, wineries, boardrooms and gracing the pages of the most discerning wine publications, have played a key role in creating a vibrant modern industry and brought Australian wines to the attention of consumers around the world.

“This coveted Life Member Award recognises outstanding leadership and contribution to the nation’s wine industry over and above an individual’s career achievements,” said WFA President Sandy Clark.

“Chris, Denis and James are worthy winners and take their place among other greats including Wolf Blass, d’Arry Osborn, Philip Laffer, John May, Terry Lee, Peter Barnes, Peter Wall and Bill Chambers. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia is proud to administer this award”, he said.

Chinese New Year Celebrates the Fine Wine Regions of WA

Wines of WA (WoWA) collaborated with the WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), the Office of Multicultural Interests, Tourism WA and the Department of State Development to host a group of four influential online food, wine and lifestyle journalists from China for a fine wine and seafood experience. The influential opinion leaders were flown to WA as part of the State Government’s $1million marketing strategy built around the Chinese New Year.

The event, “Journey of Discovery – The Fine Wine Regions and Premium Fisheries of Western Australia” was held on Friday 3 February at Matilda Bay Restaurant as a part of the WA State Government’s 2017 Chinese New Year program, celebrating 30 years of sister state relationship with Zhejiang Province – see event program here (link)

WoWA CEO, Larry Jorgensen explained that the concept was simple: “get a beautiful venue, a great kitchen, fantastic produce and amazing wine, then get of the way.”

Attending the event were leaders of the WA Chinese community including Mr Khoon Tan, President of the WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Mr Ding Shao Ping from the Chung Wah Society. Mr Ding said it was, “… an amazing fine wine and seafood “Journey of Discovery” experience. We all had a fantastic time. I believe that all of us will never forget this experience. We have the best wine and seafood in the world.” Ms Anlin Sun, Deputy Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate in Perth who also joined the group was also impressed; “the journey of discovery will always in my memory. It gave me a chance to learn more about W.A. I hope more Chinese people will share your beautiful state and your delicious seafood.”

WA seafood ambassador, Don Hancey explained each dish to the group. In typical Don style his summarised the event thus, “Stunning dinner last night, food and service impeccable. Our special guests  most impressed.” John Harrison, CEO of WAFIC said, “the evening was a great way to showcase the excellence of WA’s seafood while at the same time offering an opportunity to educate key opinion leaders about the State’s fisheries and wineries.”

Mr Jorgensen noted that the primary focus from a wine perspective was to demonstrate the synergy between white wine and seafood. “We know the Chinese love seafood and we know that white wine currently accounts for only 13% of the wine that WA exports to China. Events like this will help to change that. Riesling, SSB, Verdelho and Chardonnay shone on the night.”

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UK Buyers Visit the Fine Wine Regions of WA

Independent wine buyers from the UK toured the State’s wine regions last month as part of the 10-day trip.

Facilitated by Wines of WA, the buyers visited Peel, Geographe, Margaret River, Blackwood Valley, Pemberton, Manjimup, Great Southern and Swan Valley. Yapp Brothers’ Meirion Williams said, “Margaret River and the Great Southern are known in the UK, but other regions less so. The group wanted to learn more about the fine wine regions of WA.”

Wines of WA chief executive Larry Jorgensen said the UK was in the top five markets for WA producers. The group, comprised of independent on and off-premise business were a perfect fit for many WA producers. “They were looking for wine with provenance made by people with authenticity in their brand. In one sense there were no surprises, because the group were aware of the quality coming out of WA. But in another sense there were many surprises because the group couldn’t believe the consistent quality of the wines and diversity of styles across our regions. The group was able to experience the different cultures of each region  I believe that good business relationships will develop as a result of the visit”

Mr Jorgensen said, “the trip, was funded in part by an export market development grant from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA. WoWA’s rolewas to facilitate and join the dots for Regional Associations. Each Association organised the activities for their region. It is a fantastic example of the value of collaboration.”

Service to WA wine industry rewarded with Sensory Scholarship

As part of its commitment to education and dedication to the WA wine industry, the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) is proud to have awarded winemaker Paul Dixon of Busselton with an opportunity to attend one of the pre-eminent Wine Sensory Evaluation courses in Australia. 
 
Paul was awarded the scholarship based on his experience, which includes work at Thompson Estate, Vasse Felix and Moss Brothers, with over two dozen awards and recognitions won for the quality of his winemaking.
 
The Advanced Wine Judges Scholarship was developed by the RASWA Wine Committee to support education in agribusiness. The scholarship has been named after John Hanley, AO in recognition of 43 years contribution to the Perth Royal Wine Show and is intended to support the development of excellence in the WA wine tasting sector. 
 
“It is an absolute pleasure to have Paul as our inaugural recipient of this scholarship,” said RASWA Councillor John Snowball.
 
“I could not think of someone more deserving and committed to excellence in all aspects of winemaking than Paul.”
 
The scholarship allowed Paul to attend the 40th Advanced Wine Assessment Course held by the Australian Wine Research Institute in South Australia. This prestigious course is internationally recognised a vehicle for training professional wine show judges and is one of the primary developers of Australia’s elite wine sensory analysis and vocabulary capabilities.
 
The intensive course saw Paul engage in live training for four days, with the nation’s leading wine judges and winemakers assisting participants in the development of their skills.
 
“It was really good to be put into a show situation and to feel the pressure of what it would be like to be judging at the highest level,” said Paul.
 
“I tasted a huge array of wines and this will be of great benefit when I do wine show judging in WA’s wine producing regions.”
 
 
For more information please contact David Satterthwaite, Royal Agricultural Society of WA Communications and PR Executive. Dsatterthwaite@raswa.org.au / 0420440921 / (08) 6263 3104

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 Stuart.CROCKETT@dsd.wa.gov.au

OR

Dione Tonts, Manager Strategic Projects

9222 0431 or Dione.TONTS@dsd.wa.gov.au

 

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 rr.wineaustralia.com.