The Wine Grape Council of South Australia (WGCSA) held our Annual General Meeting on 22nd October where Barossa Wine Grape Grower Adrian Hoffmann was appointed as the new Chair.
Adrian is a sixth generation Barossan and current custodian of the family vineyards. Adrian describes himself as a professional, hands on wine grape grower managing 135 hectares of vines, supplying to around 30 wineries. ‘All great wine is made in the vineyard and that requires great planning, hard work and critical decision making’ said Adrian.
Adrian has been the Barossa representative on the WGCSA for 4 years and is keen to progress with the good work previously delivered from the outgoing Chair and council. ‘As an Industry we need strong and professional advocacy, none of us can sit back and wait for others to do all the work.’
Outgoing Chair Heather Webster was praised for her 3 consecutive terms as Chair of the Wine Grape Council of SA and as the Langhorne Creek representative for 10 years. Her valuable contributions including her commitment to good governance, professionalism, and a focus on culture were highlighted along with her unwavering support and collaborative approach in delivering one national body for all of Industry in the formation of Australian Grape and Wine (AGW).
Thank you, Heather for your tireless work over many years - you will be missed.
Also farewelled at the AGM were councillors, Andrew Press, David Travers, Hamish Laurie and Brett Proud – all have provided valuable input and expertise to the council and I thank them for their insights, guidance and support.
New councillors include – Nick Price from McLaren Vale, Rebecca Burgess from Langhorne Creek, and Troy van Dulken from Clare. Riverland representative and Grower Sheridan Alm will continue as a highly skilled and valued Councillor.
The new council will meet in the coming weeks to discuss and prioritise the important work to be continued under Adrian’s Chairmanship.