Wine Industry APC Committee Members Selected

The establishment of the APC Wine Producers’ Committee is progressing to schedule. To date, the following requirements have been completed:

·       A Producers’ Committee has been appointed by the APC Commission. See below for a list of the members. As there were 10 individuals who applied, the Commissioners determined that it was appropriate that all 10 should be appointed. The appointees provide a good representation of industry with regard to region, scale of operation and position in the value chain. The resulting (randomly occurring) structure of the Committee closely reflects the requirements of the WoWA Board under an APC: 5 regional representatives; 3 for scale of production ( < 150 tonnes, 151 – 1000 tonnes, >1000 tonnes); and grower representation.

An initial meeting date for the Committee has been set – Friday 11th March, 1pm – 3pm
·       Regulations specific to the wine industry are at second draft. These reflect the method of collection defined through our industry ratification process as noted below:

-          Fee paid by the owner of fruit at the crusher
-          Fee for service to paid based on tonnes of fruit processed

The schedule going forward is:

·       Regional Associations and WoWA to develop budgets and identify appropriate fee for   service rates through consultation with producers
·       Budgets and FFS rates presented to Committee for approval. 
·       Upon Committee approval, budgets/FFS rates presented to Commissioners for approval
·       With Commissioner approval, FFS charge is submitted to Minister for Agriculture for approval. FFS charge will be gazetted / published at least 14 days before date of commencement of charge.
·       FFS collection to commence on the date specified in the gazetted notice ( more detail on this to be provided when regulations have been approved)

See here for further information on the WA wine industry APC Producers' Committee, or contact Larry Jorgensen on:
E -
M - 0448 884 161

Entrepreneurs' Program

Entrepreneurs’ Program is a government funded, comprehensive review of food and agribusiness businesses in WA that connects them with up to $20,000 matched government grant to implement the recommendations of the review.

Business Evaluation
A fully government funded service to assess your business, research the industry you operate in and create a plan of action you endorse and are ready to implementThe evaluation typically involves working on site with your team 1-2 days and applying our industry experience combined with diagnostic tools to investigate key areas of your business. The outcome is a comprehensive report and a set of recommendations endorsed by you specific to the needs of your business.

Business Growth Grant Funding
Up to $20,000 Business Growth Grant(s) to engage a consultant/s of your choice to make improvements to their business that were recommended in the Business Evaluation phase. The grants could be used for example to engage an export consultant, to develop your online e-business strategy or to get you ready to supply into retail supply chains. Your business will be reimbursed for half the cost of engaging independent consultant(s) of your choice to a maximum of $20,000 (excluding GST).

To be eligible for this service your business must
• be solvent;
• have a turnover of between $1.5 and 100 million;
• be in operations for at least 3 years; and
• undertake food or beverage production, or supply integral services or technologies to support food or beverage production.

To discuss your business needs and how the programme can assist your business to grow and build resilience please contact:
Gabor Hernadi
Business Adviser – AusIndustry
M: 0417 985 075 Bunbury
Don Geare
Business Adviser – AusIndustry
M: 0447 955 498



A Vintage Weekend in the Swan Valley - March 11th, 12th and 13th 2016

3 Small Wineries Poker Run
Saturday 12th March and Sunday 13th March 11.00am – 4.00pm

Put on your best Poker Face and join us for an authentic North American Poker
Run. 3 Small Wineries (Ugly Duckling Wines, Tyler’s Vineyard and Entopia Wines)
invite you to explore Swan Valley’s boutique wineries while trying your luck at
gathering the best poker hand in the Valley. In less than 3 hours you can visit these
3 unique family owned and operated wineries and sample small batch boutique
wines as you talk to the vineyard owners and assemble your best poker hand.
Starting a small winery can be a gamble, but for these 3 wineries, the cards were
in their favour as they are now producing wonderful wines, including specialties
such as Verdelho Fortified, non irrigated old growth Grenache and Liqueur Shiraz,
along with a variety of Whites, Reds, Roses and Sparkling.
Begin your Poker Run at Ugly Duckling Wines, then Tyler’s Vineyard and end at
Entopia Wines. At each of the 3 wineries, choose your favourite wines from the
tasting and for every bottle purchased, you will receive a poker card (Max. 2 cards
per winery). Build your best poker hand and submit. At the conclusion of the
weekend all poker hands will be ranked by American Poker rules to win great
prizes. Winning will depend on the luck of the cards. Just handing only 1 card in
will put you in the running for prizes.
So bring lady luck to the Swan Valley on the Vintage in the Valley weekend.
Terms and Conditions can be found at:
Winery contact details:
Ugly Duckling Wines, 7790 West Swan Road, West Swan
Email: Phone: 0428 349 855
Entopia Wines, 61 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville
Email: Phone: 0418 912 217
Tyler’s Vineyard, 301 Padbury Avenue (Corner of Moore Road) Millendon
Email: Phone: 0438 296 000

Taylor’s Art & Coffee House
510 Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan
Saturday 5th March 2016 4.00pm - 10.00pm
Twilight Market on Swan

Under the lanterns in the alfresco, celebrate the Vintage weekend in the Swan
Valley with the winemakers of the Valley, “Entopia Wines, Tyler’s Vineyard and
Neilson Winery Estate”, along with local artisans, boutique food producers,
music, quirky craft, and local products.
Enjoy tasting some of Swan Valley’s premium wines with food made by Swan
Valley Humane Food Regional Ambassador Caroline Taylor that can be purchased
at Taylor’s Cafe.
A fundraising event for SUE and TEAMS “Living Well with CML” and “Crack
Cycling” in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, and Carol and her team for Women’s
Walk Weekend, all supporting the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
(The Perkins) for blood cancer research.
Tickets are $20, children 12 years and under free. Bookings are essential, call
Sue on (08) 9296 1369 or email

Upper Reach Winery
77 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville

Upper Reach Winery is holding a series of four intimate Twilight Concerts on its
beautiful grounds overlooking the vines.
Saturday 30th January: The Velvet Playboys. Swing, jazz and rhythm and blues
music from the 40’s and 50’s.
Saturday 13th February: Flash Nat & the Action Men. From 80’s soul, disco,
funk and rock ‘n’ roll to all your favourite hits.
Saturday 27th February: An evening of Soul with Adam Hall. Soul from all eras
- Stevie Wonder & Marvin Gaye through to Justin Timberlake & Pharrel Williams.
Saturday 12th March: Hornography. Their explosive performance reminiscent
of the soul train era, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, these boys are bringing
the funk to Upper Reach.
The Twilight Concerts have become a sell-out hit at Upper Reach with concertgoers
enjoying the relaxed atmosphere with their own picnic or stylish dining at
Broads Restaurant @ Upper Reach. Combine fabulous food, winning wines and
marvellous music; the perfect recipe for a summer evening in the Swan Valley.
General admission - $39. Dinner and Show - $99.
For tickets go to: or call (08) 9296 0078.
Upper Reach is the ‘must-visit’ Cellar Door in the Swan Valley.
Gourmet Traveller has chosen us as the STAR Cellar Door for 2 years running and
‘best wine tasting experience in the Swan Valley’.
Come visit, chat with us and taste our wines; get a feeling for the people, the
place and the processes that create these fabulous wines on your wine tasting
experience. During vintage, we’ll compare and contrast a current release wine
with an older vintage.
Try our wines, share a platter, walk the vineyard trail, stay the night in our Spa
Cottage - Experience Upper Reach.

Pandemonium Estate
1050 Great Northern Highway, Baskerville
Saturday 12th March 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Frutimer Festival

Pandemonium Estate is the newest cellar door in the Swan Valley and we want to
invite everyone to our festival celebrating our favourite demon. Frutimer is the demon
who rules over parties and festivals and is the companion of our Sauvignon Chenin
blend, combining our estate grown, classic Spanish white variety and a Swan Valley
favourite. Our vineyard specialises in Spanish style wines and we are showcasing our
fresh, vibrant whites and full bodied reds including our Tempranillo blend.
Saturday 12th March will be the start of our weekend festival and from 1.00pm to
5.00pm we will have music and Spanish food. Wine can be purchased by the glass,
come and enjoy our spectacular views of the Darling Range.
Phone: (08) 9296 3537

Pinelli Estate Wines
30 Bennett Street, Caversham
Saturday 12th March 5.00pm 7.00pm
Paella at Pinelli Estate

After over 35 years of handcrafting wines in the Swan Valley, we’re proud that
the winemaking at Pinelli Estate is still a family tradition. To celebrate another
vintage, we invite you to join the winemaking team for a casual afternoon of wine,
food and music. Relax with family and friends under the grapevines as the sun
goes down while you enjoy a delicious paella, a glass of Pinelli Estate wine and
the sounds of classical guitarist Amy Nordsvan.
Cost is $35 per person, which includes a free glass of wine. Pinelli Estate Wines
available for purchase from the Cellar Door. Strictly no BYO.
For more information or to make a reservation please contact the Pinelli Estate
Cellar Door on (08) 9279 6818 or
Numbers are limited so please book as soon as possible to confirm your
attendance. We hope to celebrate with you soon.

Funding Grants for Women in Agriculture

In 2016 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the agriculture sector.

From February 10th 2016 the initiative will provide women in the agriculture sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the agriculture sector at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details.  The deadline for expressing your interest for this funding in your sector ends on March 31st.

Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.

Women Managers can apply for $5,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

Expressions of Interest

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9016 or via

For more information

Wine Business Solutions Workshop

Becoming More Profitable

Day 1 - Thursday 14th of April 2016

  • 9.00-10.30 Leveraging Latest Technology
  • 10.45-12.15 World Beating Direct to Customer Strategy
  • 12.15 – 1.00 pm Lunch
  • 1.00 – 3.00 Planning for Success
  • 3.15-5.00 Getting it Done

Day 2 - Friday 15th of April 2016

  • 8.45 - 9.00 Coffee and Introduction
  • 9.00-10.30 The Levers of Profit and Cashflow in the Wine Industry
  • 10.45-12.15 Pricing for Profit – Getting in Right
  • 12.15 – 1.00 pm Lunch
  • 1.00 – 3.00 Choosing your Channels
  • 3.15-5.00 Mastering Distribution

Register at their website at

Wine Business Solutions provides complete business performance improvement solutions to the wine industry.

We are focused on the four key drivers of business success:

Growth Management

Our consulting services, workshops, training and mentoring programs will help you to build a better wine business.

Peter McAtamney has been running these workshops in WA for over 10 years. During that time, more than 700 wine business owners and senior managers have attended workshops held across Aust. NZ and SA.

Peter has over 30 years wine industry experience and held board and advisory positions with Australian, NZ, Spanish and SA companies. He has taught for 5 years as part of the UTS MBA programme and has helped develop global strategy for some of the world’s most successful wine brands. He regularly provides strategic advice to wine regions and national bodies across the globe.

What previous attendees have had to say..

"There are very few programs of this type available to wine business owners"

John Griffiths - Past Chair WAWIA

"Well structured. Expert presentation - Bruce Dukes, Naturalist Vintners





Are you Ready for Export?

Free 1 day food & beverage specific export readiness workshop

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through XPotential are delivering this export readiness workshop for food and beverage manufacturers who are new to exporting, or already exporting and seeking a refresh on the fundamentals of building a sustainable value added business
•     How to view Export as part of your broader growth strategy?
•     Market prioritisation – where to enter?
•     Who is your target consumer?
•     How do you plan to position your brand(s) and products?
•     Channels & customers to target.
•     Market entry model options.
•     What are your core competencies?
•     What does the value chain look like?
•     Government Support

Presentations followed by individual and group activities that leverage presenter and other participants’ knowledge and experience

A personalised Export Plan Template for your company, which will be made available to you via email at the conclusion of this workshop. BDC Market Intelligence have developed a self-diagnostic tool which will be delivered throughout the workshop, your answers to these questions will generate the plan.

Mike Harley and Dermott Dowling of XPotential Australia New Zealand will deliver the workshop. Together they bring over 40 years leadership and international business experience in general management, business development, sales, marketing and innovation across food & beverage categories in Australasia, Asia, the middle East, Latin America and Europe.

For further information please contact Gabor Hernadi at

To register for this event please email your details to


Fire Affects Geographe Wine Producers

A number of wine producers in the Geographe Wine region were directly threatened by fire caused when lightning struck Dwellingup to the north east of the region, on Wednesday 6th January. Fire quickly spread due to high winds and high temperatures in a south westerly direction, towards the towns of Waroona, Yarloop, Cookernup and Harvey.

Under direct threat from the fire were Vineyard 28, Bagieau Road off the Forrest Highway close to Preston Beach, and Moojelup Farm on Thompson Road, Cookernup.  Owners of both vineyards made the decision to defend their properties over an extremely difficult four days with the assistance of neighbours and family members. Also under threat was Fifth Estate in Harvey who also had a close call with the fire only 4 kms from their vineyard.

All three wine producers are pleased to announce that none of their vines were lost, or property destroyed, although Moojelup Farm lost 15ha of pasture, fencing and hay as a direct result of the fire. For the affected wine producers it is business as usual for customers wanting to purchase their wines.  Vineyard 28, however, has announced their cellar door will be closed until further notice while they assess the damage to the surrounding area.

Vineyard 28 owner Pippa Nielsen said, “we are so relieved and thankful to our neighbours for their help, without them there would be no Vineyard 28. It really was touch and go on Friday when fire surrounded the property”.

Conditions eased over the weekend with cooler temperatures and a drop in the wind gave much needed respite to firefighters throughout the affected area.

Whilst most of the immediate danger was in the north of the Geographe Wine region and in the Peel Wine region, smoke and ash were experienced up to 120kms south in the Margaret River Wine region, and the total area damaged by fire in excess of 72,000 hectares.