The Clare Valley Wine and Grape Association has this week appointed two new independent board members, adding a deliberate focus on growing wine tourism and strengthening the region’s underlying commercial engagements. CVWGA chairman Stuart McNab says the appointments of tourism executive Tori Somerville and commercial lawyer Bianca Jennings follow a deliberate search for specific skills to complement the six elected winemakers and grapegrower board members
The new Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association has wasted no time releasing its first draft strategic plan, following a series of member surveys and public consultation meetings in November. The Association’s Independent Chairman, Stuart McNab says the strategic plan focuses heavily on better telling the region’s ‘red wine story’ while setting ambitious targets to improve water security and pricing, attract more wine tourists, particularly ‘high value travellers’, and work with education providers to build better local skills and pathways from school to the wine and grape industry.
Kevin Mitchell and wife Kathleen Bourne of Woodvale Vintners were ecstatic to win not only the Jim Barry Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine in Show last Friday at the Langton’s Clare Valley Wine Show, but to also walk away with the Best Exhibition Section Dry Riesling 2016 Vintage and Older and the Best Riesling of Show. These awards come off the back of being named in James Halliday’s Top Ten New Wineries in the 2018 Wine Companion, proving the new label is not a one hit wonder.
On Saturday 13th October 2018, owners of Reillys Wines Justin and Julie Ardill were thrilled to receive the TROPHY for CHAMPION SHIRAZ/SYRAH & Predominant Blends at the 2018 New Zealand International Wine Show awards dinner in Auckland for their 2016 Dry Land Shiraz.
Kilikanoon has been shortlisted for Australian Wine Producer of the Year after receiving the coveted Shiraz Trophy for the 2014 Oracle Shiraz at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)1.