Wines of the World Wine Course

The Wine Education Centre (WEC) is introducing a new course – ‘Wines of the World’ – in response to requests from graduates of the Wine Essentials course looking to extend their knowledge and understanding of the ‘world of wine’

The course will include discussion and sensory evaluation of the principal and classic grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown, and the styles of wine they produce.

Each of the four weekly sessions will include the tasting of six wines and background theory. Content will cover factors that impact style and quality such as environment, grape growing, winemaking and maturation options.

The course will explore eight principal grape varieties produced in a range of geographical regions throughout the world – Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz and Grenache.

When: Tuesday August 24  – Tuesday September 14, 6.30pm – 8.30pm each Tuesday night.

Cost – $385 incl GST
Limited seats so book early.


2020 Margaret River Wine Show Results

Xanadu Wines scooped the pool at the 2020 Langton's Margaret River wine show, taking home a total of five trophies, including Wine of the Show and Best Overall Exhibitor.

The full list of winners follows:

Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Show
Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Margaret River Wagyu Trophy for Red Wine of Show
Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Labelmakers Group Trophy for White Wine of Show
Blackstone Paddock Margaret River Chardonnay 2019

Vinline Mobile Bottling Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor
Xanadu Wines

Langton’s Trophy for Wine of Provenance
Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, 2012 & 2018

 City of Busselton Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Multi-Color Trophy for Best Chardonnay
Blackstone Paddock Margaret River Chardonnay 2019

 Tonnellerie de Mercurey Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Red
McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

 Portavin Trophy for Best Single Vineyard White
Windows Estate Petit Lot Chardonnay 2019

 Cospak / Saverglass Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot 2018

 VAF Memstar Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc
Paul Conti Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2020

 BFL Trophy for Best Blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
Cormack & Co Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2020

 Anton Paar Australia for Best Oaked White other than Chardonnay
Churchview St Johns Wild Fermented Chenin Blanc 2019

 CHEP Trophy for Best Shiraz
Domaine Naturaliste Rachis Syrah 2019

 Chr. Hansen Trophy for Best Rosé
Fraser Gallop Estate Rosé 2020

 Hahn Corporation Trophy for Best Other Blend or Varietal
Evans & Tate Single Vineyard Malbec 2019

 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award|
Dorham Mann OAM

 Viticultural Excellence Award – sponsored by Happs Wines
David Moulton, Cape Mentelle

Wine Tourism Excellence Award – sponsored by Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
Paris Hokin, Arlewood Estate

‘WA Wines to the World’ Export Program – Info Session

Hydra Consulting has been appointed by Wines of Western Australia in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development (DPIRD) to establish a collaborative framework and strategy for the Wine Export Growth Partnership, known as WA WINES TO THE WORLD, ready for launch in 2021.

We are inviting you to attend one (or both) of these workshops, where we will present the WA WINES TO THE WORLD program, answer any questions and identify how you can participate.

WA Wines to the World: Info Session and Q&A (Perth venue)
Date: Thursday 3rd December 2020
Time: 10am-11.30am AWST
Location: Theatrette, DPIRD Building, 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth WA 6151
Who: Whole-of-industry including key stakeholders and WA exporters
Register: Here

WA Wines to the World: Info Session and Q&A (Zoom)
Date: Tuesday 8th December 2020
Time: 10am-11:30am AWST
Location: Zoom Workshop
Who: Whole-of-industry
Register: Here

Your attendance will help shape the future of WA WINES TO THE WORLD and can directly impact your export strategy, activities and sales. Do not miss out on this important industry focused event.

We look forward to hearing your valuable opinion on this industry led and government supported initiative.

Have a question regarding WA WINES TO THE WORLD? You can submit this when you register, or you will have an opportunity to ask this at our workshop.

Grants for Wine Tourism and Cellar Door

A reminder that applications for the second round of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant will close at 5.00pm (South Australian time) on Friday 30 October 2020.

The objective of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant is to support wine or cider producers who add value by attracting visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism.

Wine producers who have met the eligibility criteria in the preceding financial year will be able to access an annual grant of up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) for their eligible rebatable domestic cellar door sales. Total funding under the grant program is capped at $10 million each financial year.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant, applicants must:

  • be a wine or cider  producer
  • be a legal entity registered for GST with an active ABN
  • have made at least $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) in sales of rebatable* wine in the relevant financial year
  • accrue rebatable domestic cellar door sales in excess of any such sales used to meet the $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) threshold in the relevant financial year
  • have paid the WET on all eligible sales used as part of the application
  • have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year and/or their related entity/ies have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year, and
  • have a liquor licence valid in the relevant financial year.

*rebatable wine relates to wine or a sale that is eligible for producer rebates as described under Division 19 of A New Tax System (Wine Equalisation Tax) Act 1999.

Before applying for this grant, ensure you have:

  • read and understood the program guidelines
  • worked your way through the decision tree to understand if you are eligible
  • downloaded and reviewed our step by step guide to preparing a Statutory Declaration
  • It’s suggested that you review the FAQs if you have questions.

How to apply

Applications for Round 2 of the grant must be submitted through Wine Australia’s online grants portal Enquire. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the instructions provided in the portal and be submitted to Wine Australia by the closing date. If you are new to the Enquire portal, please follow the instructions on the Applicant Registration User Guide to register yourself and your organisation.

Note: If your business has previously applied through Wine Australia’s online grant portal, please contact [email protected] to ensure your login credentials are linked to your business.

Things to note:

  • Our frequently asked questions are updated regularly to reflect questions received regarding the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants.
  • For an application to be valid it must be accompanied by all of the required supporting documentation:
    • a properly completed statutory declaration,  
    • evidence of a lease agreement, mortgage or certificate of title (with the map page included) in the name of the applicant or related entity for the physical cellar door in which the sales occurred, and
    • evidence of the liquor licence for the physical cellar door valid in the relevant financial year.

Geographe Wine Show Results

Labelmakers Geographe &
WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2019

The 2020 Labelmakers Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show, both judging, masterclasses and awards gala, would ordinarily take place in a flurry of activity and fun over a single week.

This year things were done a little differently with the announcement of winners three weeks after judging, and took place in the beautiful surrounds of Saint Aidan Wines on Saturday 10th October.

Top Honours went to Smallwater Estate with their 2019 Shiraz.

Other winners for 2020 were:

Best Geographe White Varietal – Dream Bird Wines 2020 Giggling Girty Reisling
Best Geographe White Blend – Willow Bridge Estate 2019 Bookends SBS
Best Geographe Chardonnay – Talisman 2019 ‘Gabrielle’ Chardonnay
Best Geographe Sparkling – Willow Bridge Estate 2020 Dragonfly Blanc de Blanc
Best Geographe Sweet Table Wine – Harvey River Estate 2020 Moscato
Best WA Alternative White Varietal – Vino Volta 2020 “So Well Then”

Best Geographe Red Varietal – Talisman 2019 Merlot
Best Geographe Red Blend – Millbrook Winery 2019 Regional Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre
Best Geographe Shiraz – Smallwater Estate 2019 Shiraz
Best Geographe Cabernet – Ferguson Falls 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Geographe Fortified or Dessert Style Wine – Saint Aidan Zena
Best WA Tempranillo – Green Door Wines 2018 Amphora Reserva Tempranillo
Best WA Alternative Red Varietal (other than Tempranillo) – Harvey River Estate 2020 Barbera

For a full run down of the night click this link

All enquiries to Jo O’Dea:

[email protected]


Labour Needs for 2021 Vintage

Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. The enforcement and management of these restrictions are the responsibility of WA Police. Due to these additional requirements and the ongoing closure of state and national borders, WA wineries are encouraged to be organised early for their upcoming workforce needs.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is strongly urging all businesses to proactively plan for ways that their workforces can be filled by WA residents.

To this end, DPIRD is encouraging all businesses to register upcoming employment opportunities within the primary industries through This is a DPIRD-funded job matching platform which will be free for users until November 2021. Please register your vacancies on this platform as far ahead as possible to give the best chances of a match.

This will be supported by a new campaign to target 18-30 year old Western Australians, encouraging them to seize the opportunity to travel and work around WA.

The campaign will also encourage employers to re-think the way they employ workers and look to locals to fill these roles. See below for further detail on the campaign and how your business can leverage it to source your required workforce.

For those that have been unsuccessful in sourcing employees within WA, consider the following advice and plan as far ahead as possible.

  • If an individual wants to come into WA from overseas they must meet requirements of both the Australian Government and the WA Government. These are two separate processes managed by two different agencies, and are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Those permitted to enter WA will very likely require 14 days of self-quarantine in an adequate facility. Businesses should consider this in their workforce planning.
  • DPIRD recommends individuals obtain pre-approval to enter WA, before booking flights.
  • People entering from Victoria or NSW (including transiting) have additional requirements, please plan your travel accordingly.
  • It is likely that accommodation will be scarce, so another good reason to plan ahead.
  • People relocating to WA will be considered more favourably than temporary stays, however this is also not guaranteed. The focus is on reducing cross border movement and keeping jobs within the State.

For further information on all WA COVID Matters:

The best place to access all WA COVID-19 matters is

This site includes:

  • the latest advice on entering WA;
  • FAQs on persons entering from NSW or Victoria (including transiting);
  • How to apply for an exemption to enter WA;
  • entering WA from overseas; and
  • Information regarding paying for your own quarantine.

Vision 2050

The Australian grape and wine sector Vision 2050 lays out the steps the industry needs to take to craft a prosperous and self-reliant sector into the future. In doing so, it provides responses to growing international concerns around climate change, sustainable development and international stability, while providing a platform for sustainable profitability to help Australian grape and wine businesses plan for a profitable and sustainable future over the next three decades.

The document is available here.

Australia’s 2020 Crush: Crop Down but Quality High

The Australian winegrape crush in 2020 was 1.52 million tonnes – the equivalent of over 1 billion litres of wine, according to the National Vintage Report 2020 released on July 7 by Wine Australia.

The 2020 crush was 12 per cent lower than the 2019 crush, and 13 per cent below the ten-year average of 1.75 million tonnes. It was the smallest crop since 2007 but was most similar in terms of yield to 2010 – a year of exceptional wines – when the crush was 1.61 million tonnes, but the vineyard area then was about 4 per cent higher than the current area.

Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said while the crop was down, wine quality was expected to be high. Autumn temperatures were generally around average or slightly cooler, leading to ideal ripening and harvesting conditions, and the reduced yields have resulted in more concentrated colours and flavours in the berries.

‘This vintage will enable us to continue to meet our targets of value growth in premium wine market segments, although the constrained supply will restrict overall volume growth in the next 12 to 24 months.’

Continuing strong demand for Australian wine is reflected in the 5 per cent increase in the average value of grapes, which has increased by a compound average of 5 per cent per year for the past 6 years.

The total value of the winegrape crush is estimated to be $1.07 billion, with an average value of $694 per tonne compared with $663 in 2019.

A smaller crop was widely anticipated given a number of seasonal factors. However, the diversity of winegrowing regions and the ability of Australian grapegrowers to manage seasonal variations and weather events moderated the impact on the vintage.

The three large inland regions: Riverland (South Australia), Murray Darling–Swan Hill (Victoria/New South Wales) and Riverina (New South Wales), which make up around three-quarters of the crush, were less affected than other regions due primarily to the availability of supplementary water. Together these regions were down by 4 per cent compared with 2019, while the remaining regions were down collectively by 34 per cent, with a wide range of individual variation.

Mr Clark said that the wine sector had made significant investments in research and development, leading to improved vineyard management techniques and water use efficiency since the last drought.

Mr Clark said crop losses due to fire and/or smoke damage were reported in around one-quarter of Australia’s winegrowing regions; however, the overall reduction due to direct damage or smoke effects was estimated to be less than 40,000 tonnes, or 3 per cent of the total crush.

Red varieties fared slightly better than white varieties in 2020, being down by 11 per cent compared with 2019, while white varieties were down by 13 per cent. Australia’s largest variety, Shiraz, decreased by 10 per cent to 376,000 tonnes and increased its share of the total crush to 25 per cent. Other red varieties to do relatively well were Durif and Ruby Cabernet (up by 9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively) while the biggest declines were for Pinot Noir (down 24 per cent) and Merlot (down 20 per cent).

The main contributor to the reduction in the white crush was Chardonnay, which was down 19 per cent to 285,000 tonnes, while Riesling had the biggest decrease in percentage terms, down 28 per cent to a 20-year low of just under 17,000 tonnes. Prosecco increased slightly, against the general trend, and moved up to ninth place in the top 10 white varieties.

‘The increase in average value for Shiraz is far outpacing that for Chardonnay, leading to strong demand signals favouring Shiraz’, he said. ‘This is reflected in our exports. The average value of bottled Shiraz exports was $9.21 per litre FOB in 2019 compared with $4.29 for Chardonnay.’


The survey

The National Vintage Report is based on a survey of winemakers conducted in May–June each year. In 2020, responses were received from over 500 businesses, including all wineries known to crush over 10,000 tonnes, and in total are estimated to account for 90.5 per cent of all Australian winegrapes crushed in 2020.

The full report can be downloaded from Wine Australia's website at:

COVID-19 Response Update

Wines of WA will be keeping industry updated on all relevant aspects of the COVID-19 situation via a new web page on this site. As the situation progresses we will consolidate up-to-date information on support packages, export issues, travel restrictions and other topics.

Access to the page is available via the menu bar across the top of the site, or click here

Small Business unites with State Government to fight COVID-19 threat

A delegation of Western Australian industry associations has held an urgent but positive meeting with Small Business Minister Paul Papalia over the immediate future for a wide cross section of industries in the face of the COVID-19 threat.

Liquor Stores Association of WA CEO Peter Peck spearheaded the meeting alongside LSAWA Chairman Lou Spagnolo, Wines WA CEO Larry Jorgensen, Australian Hotels Association WA (AHAWA) Executive, Michael Andrew and Master Growers Association (MGA) State Director, Ross Anile.

The meeting revolved around the importance for small businesses to keep trading and be given surety to be able to supply, even in the event of a worst-case scenario amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.

"The panic buying behaviour by customers in supermarkets across the country has been fuelled by alarmist messaging by some public commentators,” Mr Peck said.

“It’s just confusing people. The Chief Medical Officer is advising National Cabinet and that is the ultimate authority.”

Mr Anile from MGA echoed Mr Peck’s sentiments.

“I can assure everyone out there, there is enough supply of toilet paper to accommodate everyone”.

“The massive hoarding going on right now is un-Australian and predatory”.

“We need to stop and think of others. This isn’t the behaviour of what we pride ourselves on” Mr Anile added.

Delegates highlighted the value that small business such as independent liquor stores and supermarkets played in the state and national economies.

“At the end of the day the lights need to stay on and the tills need to keep ringing” Mr Peck said.

The meeting also focused on landlords to do the moral thing by their tenants.

“We need government to apply as much pressure as they can on landlords to do the right thing. Now is the time for everyone to come together" said LSAWA chairman Lou Spagnolo.

Minister Papalia acknowledged the sentiments outlined by industry and said the State Government would continue to provide strong State-level support for small business.

He reiterated the Premier had flagged the State Government was developing further initiatives for small and medium businesses to be implemented soon.

Mandatory Pregnancy Labelling to be Reviewed

Grape and wine businesses welcome review of pregnancy warning proposal

The Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) has requested that there will be a further review to the proposed pregnancy warning label designed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

This is a result of a concerted effort by our industry, led by Australian Grape and Wine (AGW), and supported by Wines of WA and Regional Associations in WA. I also acknowledge the hundreds of WA wine producers who wrote letters to their local state and federal MPs outlining their opposition to the proposed design of the label.

AGW CEO Tony Battaglene noted, “ Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an issue that we take very seriously. We have publicly supported the adoption of a mandatory pregnancy warning label throughout this process, and have joined the Australian Government in investing in the DrinkWise FASD Awareness program to help drive greater awareness and understanding of FASD. However, the label designed by FSANZ was the worst possible outcome for wine businesses, and particularly those small family owned businesses that make up the majority of our sector”.

This now provides an opportunity for FSANZ to further review the design to ensure it provides an effective message to consumers while not imposing significant cost impacts on Australian wine producers, many of whom are small business with little scope to absorb such costs or pass them on to consumers.

This provides a good example of how industry representation and alignment on an issue supports producers to ensure regulation and legislation is developed with their concerns considered.

AG&W's full media release can be downloaded here.

Larry Jorgensen
Chief Executive Officer
Wines of WA

E – [email protected]
T - +61 448 884 161

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