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AUSTRALIA’S wine industry will meet in Adelaide next week for the biennial Outlook 2014: Taking Charge of Our Future conference and major industry award events.

Paul Evans, Winemakers’ Federation of Australia chief executive, said the conference was expected to attract more than 300 delegates and was being held in conjunction with the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner and the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

“We’ll be presenting the inaugural Life Member of the Australian Wine Industry Award at the Hilton on Tuesday evening, September 30, to start the conference program,” Evans said.

“This new industry award will be bestowed on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian wine sector and it will be an honour to celebrate their achievements with some of the big names in the business.

“Guests on the night include D’Arry Osborn, Karl Seppelt AO, Terry Lee OAM, Guenter Prass AM, Peter Wall AM and Wolf Blass AM to name some of the identities joining us to celebrate the recipient’s significant contributions.

“The conference then runs Wednesday and Thursday, featuring the release of the 2014 Vintage Report, panel discussions with experts and sessions on the industry’s future directions and challenges.

“We are also delighted this year to have the conference held the same week as the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner, the Royal Adelaide Wine Show events and Wine Communicators of Australia Wine Show Lunch on the Friday.

“This is a big week for the Australian wine industry and we are very pleased to be a part of it by bringing the national conference to South Australia this year.”

Conference panelists include:

  • Eliza Brown – chief executive officer, Peter R Brown Family Vineyards
  • Bill Moularadellis – managing director, Kingston Estate Wines
  • Brian Croser AO – Tapanappa Wines
  • Tony D’Aloisio AM – president, Winemakers’ Federation of Australia
  • Brian Walsh Chair – Australian Grape and Wine Authority
  • Michael East – general manager Asia Pacific, Accolade Wines
  • Jim Moularadellis – chief enthusiasm officer, Austwine
  • David Harris – managing director, Barossa Vintners
  • Steve Dorfman – partner and broker, Ciatti
  • Marc Soccio – senior analyst, Food Agribusiness and Advisory, Rabobank
  • Ashley Keegan – chief executive officer, FABAL Wines
  • Stuart McNab – global supply and production manager, Treasury Wine Estates.

Outlook will present the latest data, market trends and production forecasts and will take delegates through the actions needed to improve terms of trade and support sustainable growth across the sector.

Andrew Hardy, Royal Adelaide Wine Show chairman, said the set up for the most prestigious wine show in the country is well underway.

“The Gramp, Hardy, Hill-Smith Prize for Outstanding Wine of Provenance continues to grow in stature with strong entries received again this year,” he said.

“The competition has received 2843 entries from 363 Australian wineries which is an outstanding result and reaffirms the Adelaide Wine Show as one of the most important in the country.”

Judging begins on Sunday 28 September and the awards announcement is scheduled for Thursday 2 October.

To register for the Wine Show Seminar conducted by international wine show judge Christopher Waters on Thursday 2 October between 4-6pm, or to attend the Royal Adelaide Wine Show public tasting on Friday 3 October between 6-8pm, log onto www.thewineshow.com.au

Sponsoring Outlook 2014: Taking Charge of Our Future are Winetitles, Pellenc Australia, Gaetjens Langley, Australian Grape and Wine Authority, Amorim Australasia Pty Ltd and Wine Intelligence.

To register and find out more about the conference program go to www.wfa.org.au and follow the links.