With all the talk of improving industry conditions it’s timely to reflect on the quality and substance of relationships between winegrowers and winemakers.
The release of the 2016-17 Annual Report of the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct (the Code) is a timely reminder for winemakers and grape growers to ensure their contracts are up to date prior to the 2018 vintage.
The report available on the website relates the activity under the Code for 2016/17. The Code provides a common framework for grape supply contracts between grape growers and winemakers.
Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) Chief Executive, Tony Battaglene said, “It’s great to see that the Code is effective and can resolve commercial disputes without recourse to expensive and divisive legal action. We recognise that there is work to be done in growing membership and understanding of the Code and we encourage all winemakers to become signatories”.
Andrew Weeks, Chief Executive of Australian Vignerons (AV) said, “Recent changes to WET legislation, have highlighted the need for written contracts between grape growers and winemakers. We urge all members of the industry to consider recognition of the Code within their contracts”.
Mr Battaglene added, “The WET changes mean that in order to be eligible to claim the WET rebate, ownership of the grapes will need to be verified though some form of written agreement.
“In November 2017, WFA will be running WET Rebate Seminars with guest speakers from The Australian Taxation Office and Wine Australia to inform industry of the implications of these changes.”
For more information on your local WET Rebate Seminar visit the WFA website (https://www.wfa.org.au/) or contact your State Wine Industry Association.