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Presidential welcome for Blackwood Valley wine committee

The Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association (BVWIA) which represents vineyards and wine producers in the Blackwood Valley Wine Region recently welcomed in a new committee for the 2006/2007 year. At its Annual General Meeting, BVWIA voted Jennifer Duncan from Chudacud Estate as Association President, as well as four new committee members from across the Blackwood.

Chris Shedley of Shedley Wines, Brian Walker of Scotts Brook Wines and Ian Duncan from Chudacud Estate were welcomed into the Association as new committee members. Craig Nield, from RJ & MH Nield Vineyard was nominated as Vice President, and committee members Vicky Henderson, Wattle Ridge Vineyard & Cellar Door, and Brad Skraha of Wild Orchid Wines were reinstated along with Secretary Kirsten Martin.

The new committee is highly motivated to organise more events for its members over the next 12 months, as well as continuing to promote the quality fruit and wines being produced in the area. Based on feedback from the members, the committee will be organising a series of workshops including general vineyard and disease and pest management, wine tasting and vineyard tours.

Despite the pressures of an industry surplus and recent weather patterns, Association President Jennifer Duncan encouraged industry producers within the Blackwood Valley Wine Region to support the BVWIA so that it could in turn support them, noting that along with the new committee she was looking forward to promoting the Region for the forthcoming vintages.

The Blackwood Valley 2006 WA Boutique Wine Show, which is hosted each year by the BVWIA, has been announced for the 20th and 21st of October in Bridgetown. Judging and an Exhibitors Function will take place on Friday 20th, followed by a Public Tasting Event on Saturday 21st from 1.30 to 4.30pm at the Bridgetown Civic Centre.

If you would like further information on joining the Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association or would like more information on the Blackwood Valley 2006 WA Boutique Wine Show, please contact Secretary Kirsten Martin on 9767 3030 or check out the Association’s website at www.blackwoodvalleywine.asn.au.

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