The Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) and Winemakers' Federation of Australia have welcomed Burch Family Wines' Senior Winemaker Janice McDonald to the Board of the new Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA).
The new authority follows a merger of Wine Australia Corporation and the Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation, following years of effort by both bodies to merge the statutory authorities.
“We congratulate the Chair and Board appointees and we look forward to working with them and Minister Joyce,” Federation President Tony D’Aloisio said.
“This marks a new era as this organisation has vital importance to the industry,” said WGGA Chairman Vic Patrick.
“The WFA is looking forward to working with the new body to progress important marketing and research initiatives which form part of WFA’s industry improvement plan,” said Mr D’Aloisio.
Janice started at Burch Family Wines in January 2011, after a long & esteemed career including head brewing positions at Matilda Bay & Little Creatures, to winemaking roles at Vasse Felix, Brown Brothers & Devil’s Lair; and founding Stella Bella, working there as chief winemaker for 10 years; and being named Red Winemaker of the year in 2010/2011 by The Big Red Wine Book.
The new Australian Grape and Wine Authority officially came into being on July 1.