ON THE GRAPEVINE: Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association announces Wine Industry Forum sub-committee

COMMON GOAL: Chris Tyrrell will chair the Wine Industry Forum, a sub-committee of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association. Picture: Simone De Peak
COMMON GOAL: Chris Tyrrell will chair the Wine Industry Forum, a sub-committee of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association. Picture: Simone De Peak

We are excited to announce the newly-formed subcommittee of the HVWTA, the Wine Industry Forum (WIF).

The WIF was formed to address the specific needs of the wine industry, with the main to provide a forum for matters of consideration pertaining specifically to the wine industry and to provide the HVWTA committee information to support any recommendations relating to those matters on behalf of the Hunter Valley wine industry.

The WIF subcommittee will also provide support for the technical sub-committees of wine and viticulture, the HVWTA Marketing Reference Group and the HVWTA in relation to specific wine marketing needs.

Its charter is to work with the local industry groups to enhance the education of all hospitality employees in Wine Country and ensure the preservation of the rich history of the Hunter Valley wine industry.

The WIF is represented by Chris Tyrrell of Tyrrell’s Wines (who will chair the subcommittee), a representative of the HVWTA (general manager Jo Thomas), and nine experienced representatives from the wine and viticulture sector including Jeff Byrne (Agnew Wines), David Hook (David Hook Wines), Stuart Hordern (Brokenwood Wines), Andrew Margan (Margan Wines), Liz Riley (Vitibit), Jerome Scarborough (Scarborough Wines), Shaun Silkman (Silkman Wines), Adrian Sparkes (Mount Pleasant), Andrew Thomas (Thomas Wines).

The WIF will be held accountable and provide all information through to the HVWTA board whilst working towards a common goal with all industries under the HVWTA banner.

The first point of business for the WIF will be to hold a meeting with our key stakeholders in the wine tourism industry on May 22. This is an exciting next step for our wine tourism industry.

Jo Thomas is the general manager of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association

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