​Media Release

Call for Future Leaders of the Australian grape and wine sector

9 February 2017

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and South Australian Senator Anne Ruston is encouraging the rising stars of Australian grape and wine to apply for the grape and wine sector's professional leadership and development program - Future Leaders.

'The Australian grape and wine sector contributes more than $40 billion to our national economy through exports, tourism and employment, particularly in our regional areas.

'The Future Leaders program is specifically tailored to assist the grape and wine sector build skills in collaboration, innovative thinking, commercial acuity and spirited leadership.

'The international and domestic wine markets are highly competitive and that's not going to change. Future Leaders means that the next generation will be ready to capture the opportunities created by increased market access and improved awareness of Australia's premium wines.

​This year's Future Leaders program will explore new avenues in business, marketing and governance, and will also look at how global economics will shape the future.

'If you're ready to be challenged, ready to step up and ready to help shape the future of Australia's grape and wine community, head to http://www.winefutureleaders.com to apply.

Applications are open to all people in the grape and wine sector, including winemakers, grapegrowers, export managers and researchers.

Applications close on Monday 9 March 2017.



Future Leaders is a joint initiative of Australian Vignerons, the Winemakers' Federation of Australia and Wine Australia, and is funded by Wine Australia.

The 91 Future Leaders alumni include winemakers, grapegrowers, viticulturists, business managers and marketers, suppliers and researchers, who have already demonstrated strong leadership and vision required to position Australia as a fine wine leader on the global stage.​