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20/07/2006

McLaren Vale winemaker to lead Australian wine industry into the future

Winemaker Corrina Rayment from Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards in McLaren Vale will learn how to lead the Australian wine industry into the future by taking part in a new national leadership program.

The inaugural “Future Leaders – Succession for the Australian Wine Sector” program aims to capture and transfer decades of invaluable industry wisdom from successful industry veterans to the next generation of leaders.

Only 15 wine industry representatives from around the nation have been chosen to undertake the program, which is being supported by the Winemaker’s Federation of Australia, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and Wine Grape Growers Australia.

The young winemaker and partner is the sixth generation to work in the family business at Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards. She was selected for both her winemaking experience and commitment to building a sustainable and successful Australian wine industry.

“I applied for the program because we need to have a succession plan for the wine industry. I really want to give back to the industry as a whole, instead of just concentrating on my daily winemaking activities,” she said.

Ms Rayment is looking forward to taking part in the three workshops — which aim to develop leadership skills, strategic thinking and the ability transfer and extract knowledge.

She believes that bringing supply and demand back into balance, environmental sustainability and enhancing export market sales through Australian wine branding over the next five years will be integral to the success of the industry.

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