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8/04/2015

Plans to refresh Entwine Australia

The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) announced some upcoming changes to Entwine Australia, the industry’s environmental assurance program.

Through a series of free workshops across Australia, the program will be assessed with any issues discussed by WFA together with the broader wine community.

Damien Griffante, Federation natural resource policy and programs manager, said continuous improvement was a cornerstone of Entwine.

“We are excited about Entwine’s uptake and its next steps to make the program even better which we want to explore at the workshops with industry and stakeholders,” he said. “We want to increase flexibility in the program, introduce another and cost effective tier of membership as well as look to the horizon at where Entwine could be globally as a recognised environmental assurance program to give its participants a marketing and business edge.”

As well as evolving the membership process, Griffante said the workshops will discuss improving recognition of the program for external stakeholders and streamlining processes through better linkage to regional and company-based initiatives.

“What we are very focused on is evolving the program so it continues to meet business needs and give participants benefits beyond the vineyard and cellar door,” Griffante said.

 

The workshops have been organised by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia in partnership with the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board and will be held in South Australia at the following times and locations:

  • April 21 – Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre, Barossa Valley, 9am-1pm;
  • April 22 – Loxton Research Centre, Riverland, 9am-1pm;
  • April 23 – Langhorne Creek Bowling Club, Langhorne Creek, 9am-1pm.

The sessions are free, with morning tea and lunch provided. All are welcome but participants must register by calling the Murray Bridge Natural Resources Centre on 08 8532 9100 or emailing

Workshops will also be held in Tasmania, Western Australia, NSW and Victoria during May 2015. For more information about the Entwine refresh process and the workshops, go to www.wfa.org.au/entwineaustralia/about-entwine/entwine-refres

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