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News HEADS UP New chairman New CEO for ILG Clover Hill’s vineyard manager for Treasury retires after 25 years Wine Estates ILG Chairman Neville Blair has announced the appointment After a wonderful 25 years, Chris Smith, Clover Former tobacco executive ofAllen De Costaas its Hill’s resident vineyard manager, retired on 6 July. Paul Raynerhas been new CEO, which came into With over 17 years industry experience, Smith appointed as chairman for effect Friday 15 June 2012. was recruited from South Australia in 1987 to TWE alongside the addition of three new directors Allen has been working as the trading manager assist in the establishment of Clover Hill. GWE with backgrounds in retail and spirits. Mr Rayner, at ILG since October 2011. Doug Evans, who has CEO Adam Torpy boasts of the departed manager, a director at Qantas and Boral and a former chief resigned as the CEO of ILG, has worked as CEO “Chris has shown an unwavering commitment to financial officer at Rothmans Holdings and ex-chief of ILG for over three years. Allen has had more quality at Clover over the past 20 plus years”. “His operating officer at British American Tobacco than 25 years experience in the liquor industry. contribution to its success has been invaluable, Australasia, will succeed chairman Max Ould on Allen’s experience includes working for his family’s and we will all continue to reap the rewards of 1 September. Mr Ould announced his intention food and liquor wholesaling business, G & L his hard work and dedication for many years to to step down as chairman at the company’s Warehouse that was located in Canberra. 13 years come.” Chris feels as though he has “lived in annual general meeting in October 2011. working for Metcash and further 10 years building Clover” for 25 wonderful years, having not only TWE also announced it was appointing the brand Local Liquor from the ground up. worked on the property, but having raised his three new non-executive directors: Ed Chan, four children there too. Smith’s eldest daughter, Gary Hounsell and Michael Cheek. George Wahby to Krys Smith, was actually part of the winemaking chair Wine Australia team responsible for Clover’s base wines in 2005 Tony Winspear and 2006 and Marty Smith, his son, is now a appointed chief MrGeorge Wahby, former fully qualified viticulturist at Bleasdale in South winemaker at CEO of McWilliam’s Wines, Australia after cutting his teeth at Clover as well. is the new chairperson of the Balgownie Estate Wine Australia Corporation. Tony Winspearhas been With extensive experience in the wine industry, appointed chief winemaker Wahby will lead Wine Australia as it develops new at Balgownie Estate’s Maiden Gully Bendigo and programs to increase sales of Australian wine and Yarra Valley sites, after 18 years of passionate and improve profits to the Australian wine industry. exemplary service. Tony has held the position of Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, winemaker for over seven years and for the past Senator Joe Ludwig made the announcement. four years he has been working along-side chief “Mr Wahby is well qualified to lead Wine winemaker, Mark Lane. This promotion is in line Australia as it works with the wine industry to with Balgownie’s vision of ongoing commitment maintain a profitable, competitive wine industry in to consistency and quality. “Balgownie gets under challenging domestic and international markets.” your skin. We care for something that people have been following for a hell of a long time; almost 40 commercial vintages have been released. This is not just a job. Every day, week, year, is different. I love opening an old vintage and remembering what nature threw at us that year,” says Tony Winspear. Chris Smith Hong Kong: the gateway to China Over a thousand exhibitors from 28 countries met with an estimated 14,000 buyers from Hong Kong and mainland China at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific 2012 held in Hong Kong in June, all doing business under the backdrop of explosive growth in the region. Overall wine and spirit sales in excess of $145 billion throughout Asia-Pacific is motivating strong interest in this market, with more and more Australian producers willing to unravel their own route to market. Treasury Wine Estates view this as a strong investment market and showcased their majors players; Penfolds, Lindeman’s, Wynns and Rosemount. Taylors, Howard Park and Brokenwood were also prominent, alongside their local distribution partners – as was a Wine Australia stand with a number of Australian producers. Anthony Davie, Treasury Wine Estate managing director – Asia tolddrinks trade “At a category level, grape wine is growing strongly, and while the domestic product has the lion’s share imported is growing strongly. More people are entering the category, which is led by France, but Australia is in a strong number two position”. Anthony Davie 20 drinks trade


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