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New invigorated body driving the future of the Hunter Valley

The newly formed body charged with forging the future of the Hunter Valley, The Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association (HVWIA), has elected its inaugural committee.

The new organisation will take over the roles of both, the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association (HVVA) and Wine Hunter Marketing, and was formed as a result of an exhaustive 18 month process dubbed the ‘way forward’.

The HVWIA creates a vibrant and powerful new organisation, united in its aims to develop and support the Hunter Valley through the implementation of a strategic business plan addressing marketing, viticulture, winemaking and policy issues.

The inaugural Committee was elected at the Association’s Annual General Meeting held Friday June 13, 2008 and consists of:

Geoff Krieger, Brokenwood Wines – President Andrew Margan, Margan Family Wines – Vice President Bruce Tyrrell – Tyrrell’s Wines — Treasurer Christina Tulloch, Tulloch Wines – Secretary Ken Bray, Braemore Wines Andrew Thomas, Thomas Wines Greg West, McWilliams Robert Kennedy, Beyond Broke Brett Keeping, Two Rivers Peter Orr, James Estate Will Creedon, Roche Wines

Geoff Krieger, the inaugural president of the HVWIA says, “the new committee reflects the modern face of the Hunter Valley, with family companies such as Tulloch's, Tyrrell's and Thomas (to name a few) all stepping up to guide Australia's pre-eminent wine region. We are committed and excited about our future and look forward to working for the industry in making the Hunter's wines "must haves" on all quality wine lists and retail shelves.”

The formation of the HVWIA reflects the Hunter Valley’s commitment to evolving with the global industry, an ability which has long underpinned its enduring success as Australia’s oldest wine region.

The HVWIA will have a renewed focus on marketing, combined with an unerring dedication to the crafts of viticulture and winemaking. The new committee harnesses the talents of many of the Hunters up and comers, while preserving the history and experience of those who masterminded the Hunters legacy of excellence.

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