Last night at Adelaide Town Hall, the Wine Industry Suppliers Association (WISA) held its 11th annual awards night. The event had been known in previous years as the Supplier of the Year awards and has been given a refresher this year as the Wine Industry Impact Awards (WIIA).

Wine Industry Impact Awards 2017

Awards were given in eight categories, and were judged on their level of both direct and indirect impact.

WISA Executive Officer, Matthew Moate, said that there had been a 70 per cent increase in entries this year, indicating a shift toward innovation.

“The Australian grape and wine industry along the complete supply chain is at the
leading edge of innovation with dynamic solutions and products that advance the
sector and enhance consumer engagement with our wines and tourism experiences,”
he said.

“All entrants presented outstanding qualifications for the award with the judges having
a challenging task to short list finalists and select the ultimate winners that are making
such a positive impact in the industry.”

The winners are as follows:

Grapegrowing (sponsored by Bentley’s SA) – Maxi Cut, for their hydraulic shears to remove trunks and cordons where disease or new grafting is needed.

Winemaking (sponsored by DW Fox Tucker Law) – Lallemand Oenology, for their strategy on producing lower sulphur dioxide wines while retaining high quality.

Engineering (sponsored by Pernod Ricard) –SCE Energy Solutions & Alkoomi Wines, for their WA project, minimising energy costs through an environmentally friendly voltage stabilising system.

Packaging (sponsored by Australian Vintage Ltd) – Altvin Software & By Geoff Hardy, for their cloud-based software, used for bottling and packaging management.

Distribution & Logistics (sponsored by MGA insurance brokers) – Seaway Logistics, for their advancements in storage, distribution and global logistics efficiency at the Mildura hub.

Marketing & Communication (sponsored by WBM Magazine) – Mongramme for their multi-media tool kit, in partnership with WineData, used to maximise customer awareness and sales.

Tourism (sponsored by AV Plus) – Rezdy, for their innovative new wine tourism booking platform.

Start-up (sponsored by Harding Wealth Management) – Ailytic, for their analytical decision platforms used in wine production, to increase efficiency.

The winners were recognised in front of the impact award’s biggest crowd yet, at historic town hall.

WISA also had another exciting announcement, declaring news of a forthcoming collaboration. More details will be released on this as they are made available.

See the short videos from all WIIA finalists here.