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18/09/2009

A Landmark return for the Australian wine industry

Following the success of the inaugural 2009 Landmark Australia Tutorial that took place in the Barossa Valley during June, Wine Australia has announced next year’s tutorial will take place in the Yarra Valley in September.

Wine Australia is now inviting applications from Australia’s leading wine professionals to join opinion leaders from around the world in the five-day tutorial.

Wine Australia market development general manager Paul Henry says the course consists of a series of tastings and themed master classes charting the development of Australia’s fine wine credentials.

“We are searching for the next generation of leading wine professionals who will help shape an informed awareness and opportunity for Australia’s regionally distinct and fine wines in their respective markets,” he said.

More than 1000 initial enquiries were received for June’s tutorial, with 12 participants chosen from Australia’s key export markets including the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Japan and China.

Some of Australia’s leading figures in the wine industry were present, including Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago and Yalumba Wine Company proprietor and vigneron Robert Hill Smith, both of whom have already confirmed their commitment to next year’s tutorial.

“Developing a shared understanding of Australian excellence in the fields of wine, food and tourism is critical to the evolution of our future success on the world stage,” Mr Henry said.

Details about the tutorial and application process can be found at www.landmark-wineaustralia.com.

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