This year has been another busy and successful year for the ASVO; we spent much of the year collaborating with the AWRI to host the 15th Australian Wine Industry Conference and I am confident that attendees found the event interesting an enjoyable. We increased our presence through sponsorship of the ‘Into the Winelight’ session, and the prizes for the best Viticulture and Winemaking presentations in the ‘Fresh Science’ sessions and were highly visible at the adjoining Wine tech with an ASVO booth shared with Patrick Iland books.
Our awards for excellence in only its second year has become a very important event in the ASVO calendar and this year included an entertaining debate on natural winemaking.
Financially the ASVO is now on a more secure footing, with a healthy reserve. Membership renewal numbers continue to be a challenge, but also reflect the continuing struggles in the wine industry. The opportunity for the ASVO board is to take advantage of this financial stability to implement strategic initiatives that will add value to ASVO membership and give more people a reason to join. Some of these initiatives are already evident, such as the awards for excellence and others such as a professional certification scheme are still being investigated or developed.
The interests of our members are always paramount to us and guide us in our decisions as we move into a new year and new challenges. We are ready to meet these challenges and I am confident with your continued support we will be successful.
For now we hope that you can rejoice in this special holiday season. Take time to relax and enjoy the presents that are most dear to us – our family and friends. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a New Year filled with peace, love, happiness and prosperity.