20 Years On
Two decades since the legendary Long Italian Lunch that started it all, Wine Writer and inaugural Chief of Judges Tim White recalls the wines and words of the day back in November 1999 and reflects on the role the AAVWS has played in the uptake of a diverse array of grape varieties across Australia.
New Chief of Judges Sophie Otton will drive this discussion with expert panellists, viticulturists Mark Walpole of Fighting Gully Road and Adam Hall of Yalumba and winemakers Eleana Anderson of Mayford and Belinda Thompson from Crawford River. From just three Tempranillo wines entered in the first official AAVWS in 2001 to around 80 entries per-show over recent years. This session will chart the progress of Tempranillo and showcase some benchmark wines alongside the discussion.
Making a Direct Impact
This mini-conference of three 15 minute presentations in collaboration with Wine Industry Suppliers Australia is based on their hugely successful 2018 event. Moderated by WISA CEO Matt Moate, Making a Direct Impact reflects the importance of understanding and maximising the relationships Australian wineries hold directly with consumers and how that impacts brand perception, demand and ultimately profitability.
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