Australian Wine Connect

Bringing the global wine community together
31 Mar 2021 - 31 Mar 2022 Virtual platform
31 Mar 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
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Far from the everyday, Australia is a continent of pristine natural riches and fierce creative freedom, where innovation and isolation are inseparable. Our winemakers continue to push the boundaries in the pursuit of the most diverse and distinctive wines in the world. Which is why we’re now proud to bring this same spirit of innovation to the way we do business with you every day. That’s just our way.

Australian Wine Connect is an always-on, 24/7 virtual platform, bringing the global wine community together to experience and explore Australia’s thrilling wine scene. The interactive platform is a go-to resource for Australian wine. Featuring wineries from across 65 regions; connecting winemakers, buyers, importers, distributors, media, educators and more; and offering a diverse program of engaging events and experiences.

Australian Wine Connect creates a bold new world of opportunities for Australian wineries to promote their products across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Asian markets. It allows buyers from across the world to network and meet producers, discover new wines, link up with distributors and enable sales conversations. It also offers ongoing live thought leadership sessions, tastings, and variety and regional explorations to showcase the people, places and processes that make Australian wine far from ordinary.

This campaign is the largest Australian wine promotion ever held globally. It’s a first for the Australian wine community and for the global wine trade, and we invite you to be part of it.

Australian Wine Connect offers wineries and exporters:

  • A personalised virtual expo space to showcase your brand and products
  • An ‘always-on’ interactive virtual expo to connect and engage with international trade, from buyers and distributors, to media and educators
  • The opportunity to increase brand awareness, generate new leads and drive sales
  • Virtual events and collaboration tools to help you stay up to date in the market
31 Mar 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
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Participation is open to Australian wineries and Australian exporters.

Your virtual expo space will act as a profile for your brand/s on our interactive platform, much like an exhibitor booth at a trade show.

Exhibitors should be able to demonstrate that they are export ready if required. If your winery is not yet export ready, please note this on the registration form and Wine Australia will be in touch with further information.

The cost to sign up for each virtual expo space is A$2,500 ex GST and the platform will be live for 12 months from 31 March 2021.

If registered before 21 February 2021: you will secure the full 12-month presence of your virtual expo space/s on the Australian Wine Connect platform starting 31 March 2021.

If registered after 21 February 2021: your registration will be accepted, however may not be guaranteed to be online for 31 March 2021. Your virtual expo space/s will only be live on the platform for the remainder of those twelve months. Unfortunately, pro-rata rates are not available if you sign up at a later date.

Exhibitors can feature up to 10 SKUs per virtual expo space. There is no limit on the number of virtual expo spaces per winery. If you choose to have multiple brands under one expo space, you will need to choose a primary name/logo for the space.

Eligible wineries can apply for the Wine Export Grant to help cover the virtual exhibition space cost. Please click here for more details.

See full Terms & Conditions of participation.

See Australian Wine Connect FAQs.

If you have any further queries, please contact the Wine Australia team on connect@wineaustralia.com.

Register today by clicking the button below.

 

Australian Wine Connect offers:

  • A personalised virtual expo space to showcase your brand and products
  • An ‘always-on’ interactive platform to connect and engage with international trade, from buyers and distributors, to media and educators
  • The opportunity to increase brand awareness, generate new leads and drive sales
  • Virtual events and collaboration tools to help you stay up to date in the market

Frequently asked questions

Introducing Australian Wine Connect

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What is Australian Wine Connect?
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Australian Wine Connect is an always-on, 24/7 virtual showcase, bringing the global wine community together to experience and explore Australia’s thrilling wine scene. The interactive platform is a go-to resource for Australian wine. Featuring wineries from across 65 regions; connecting winemakers, buyers, importers, distributors, media, educators and more; and offering a diverse program of engaging events and experiences.

Australian Wine Connect brings a taste of Australia to wine communities across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Asia. It allows international trade and media to network and meet producers, discover new wines, link up with distributors and enable sales conversations. It also offers ongoing live thought leadership sessions, tastings, and variety and regional explorations to showcase the people, places and processes that make Australian wine unique.

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Why is Wine Australia running Australian Wine Connect?
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Wine Australia’s global vision is to help Australian wine be enjoyed and respected globally and to build profitable, resilient and sustainable wine grape and wine businesses. Australian Wine Connect will help us to achieve this.

Australian Wine Connect will challenge and change perception, drive desire and increase demand for Australian wine among key buyers, trade and media, and encourage stronger engagement with the global wine community.

The key goal is to get the wine trade and media, that have had limited engagement with the Australian wine community due to the global pandemic, to buy more Australian wine by connecting with them through immersive and engaging experiences.

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When will Australian Wine Connect run?
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Australian Wine Connect will go live on 31 March 2021 and it will run for twelve months until 31 March 2022. More details about this virtual platform and the full program will be confirmed soon.

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How will Australian wineries and exporters benefit from Australian Wine Connect?
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Wine Australia’s role is to help our winemakers and brand owners to put their best foot forward to win a greater share of the global alcohol beverage budget. Australian Wine Connect will challenge and change perception, drive desire and increase demand for Australian wine among key buyers, trade and media, and encourage stronger engagement with the global wine community. 

By participating in Australian Wine Connect, Australian wineries and exporters will benefit from:

  • A personalised virtual expo space to showcase their brand and products
  • An ‘always-on’ interactive platform to connect and engage with international trade, from buyers and distributors, to media and educators
  • The opportunity to increase brand awareness, generate new leads and drive sales
  • Virtual events and collaboration tools to help stay up to date in the market
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Who is the target audience of Australian Wine Connect?
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Australian Wine Connect will bring the global wine community together to experience and explore Australia’s thrilling wine scene. The target audience is international trade and media with a focus on the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Asia. We will target importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, the on-premise, wine educators, as well as trade and lifestyle media.

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What is Wine Australia doing to promote Australian Wine Connect and to encourage trade to log in?
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Wine Australia will be running a global marketing campaign, including paid global social media as well as PR outreach and potential media partnerships to drive traffic to Australian Wine Connect. We will also be targeting our global database and using our owned channels to attract trade to the platform, with a diverse program of events and experiences such as live tastings, panel discussions and education. Through global communications, always-on paid and organic social media, events and by using insights from the platform, we will ensure that trade continue to visit and use the platform over the twelve months. We are also working with other federal and state agencies to facilitate business opportunities for Australian wineries throughout the campaign.

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How is Australian Wine Connect being funded?
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Australian Wine Connect is supported by the Australian Government’s A$50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package. The virtual expo space, a key element of Australian Wine Connect, is a user-pay activity in which wineries and exporters can choose to register and participate. There will also be other user-pay opportunities throughout the course of the campaign.

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Who can I contact at Wine Australia about Australian Wine Connect?
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If you have any further queries, please contact the Wine Australia team on connect@wineaustralia.com.

Winery registration

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To participate in Australian Wine Connect, what are the criteria for Australian wineries and exporters?
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A Participation is open to all Australian wineries and Australian exporters. Exhibitors should be able to demonstrate that they are export-ready if required. If your winery is not yet export-ready, please note this on the registration form and Wine Australia will be in touch with you.

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What is the cost of virtual expo space in Australian Wine Connect?
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The cost to sign up for each virtual expo space is A$2,500 ex GST per winery and the marketplace will be live for twelve months from 31 March 2021 – 31 March 2022. Wineries and exporters should register by 21 February 2021 to secure the full 12-month presence of virtual expo space. Unfortunately, pro-rata rates are not available if you sign up at a later date. Wineries should make note of the Wine Export Grant for assistance with the cost of the virtual expo space. 

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When is the deadline to register for virtual expo space in order to go live on 31 March 2021?
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Wineries and exporters are encouraged to register by 21 February 2021 to secure a twelve-month presence on Australian Wine Connect. The platform will be live on 31 March 2021 and the first live events will be held from April 2021. Wine Australia will contact registered wineries from 22 February 2021 to submit their winery, brand and product information for their expo space. This information is required by 5 March 2021 in order for your expo space to be built and ready to go live on 31 March 2021.

Registrations after 21 February 2021 will be accepted, however it is not guaranteed that your expo space will be online in time for 31 March 2021. We will endeavour to get your expo space online as quickly as possible to maximise your presence, and we will advise on dates upon submission of your registration and payment. 

Please note that your expo space/s will only be live on the platform for the remainder of those twelve months. Unfortunately, pro-rata rates are not available if you sign up at a later date.

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Should my distributors around the world also register as an Australian Wine Connect exhibitor?
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Australian Wine Connect virtual expo space is available to Australian wineries and exporters, it is not aimed at distributors with Australian wineries. We advise distributors to contact their wineries to ensure that they are aware of this opportunity and to encourage them to register. Distributors will certainly be invited to join the platform and participate in the program as guests.

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My winery has completed the registration form, what are the next steps?
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In the week commencing 22 February 2021, registered wineries will receive an email asking to submit information that will be displayed in their expo space. This information is required by 5 March 2021 in order for your expo space to be built and ready to go live on 31 March 2021. The information is similar to that requested for trade shows and events, however more detailed due to the platform’s comprehensive search facility, which enables visitors to sort and filter information according to their requirements. 

An invoice will be sent to the contact submitted on your registration form.

Wine Australia will share more details and updates in the lead up to 31 March 2021 and throughout the campaign to keep you informed about the program and additional activities. If you or your colleagues would like to receive updates on Australian Wine Connect, please complete this sign-up form

Winery expo space

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What will the Australian Wine Connect expo space look like?
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Australian Wine Connect provides a virtual expo space for Australian wineries and exporters. It allows international trade and media to network and meet producers, discover new wines, link up with distributors and enable sales conversations.

Australian Wine Connect is a go-to resource for Australian wine – with business benefits. International trade will be able to explore and discover Australian wineries and wines quickly and easily through a searchable system. Visitors can search by region, variety, price point, style and more, they will be able to see which markets wines are distributed in as well as where wineries are seeking distribution. The features on the platform help visitors efficiently find producers and products that match their specific needs. However, if visitors don’t have a specific search in mind, the site will encourage them to explore through curated content, which could be on a wine region, a style or current trends. 

Wine Australia is working with an agency on the design, functionality and features of the platform. A draft design of an expo space is available to view here. More details will be released soon.

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What information and resources can my winery display in the expo space?
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Your expo space will include details about your winery, marketing information, a chosen hero image and your logo. Wineries will be able to upload branded brochures or other publications, and there is an option to add a short video. Each of your wines featured (10 SKUs per winery max) will have a dedicated page with further details, a bottle shot and a short tasting note, and more detailed tasting notes can be uploaded as a PDF.

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How can trade visitors interact with wineries on Australian Wine Connect?
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Australian Wine Connect allows international trade and media to network and meet producers, discover new wines, link up with distributors and enable sales conversations. Firstly, visitors will be required to sign in to explore the wineries and wines on the platform. By using the search facility as well as browsing curated content, visitors will be able to find producers and products that match their specific needs. Visitors that are interested in learning more about a winery and the wines can contact you through clear call-to-action buttons on the site to start the conversation. The visitor will be prompted to answer a few questions, so you can ascertain their level of interest, their needs, the additional information they are seeking and, if they are ready, possible dates for a meeting. This connection will help you to engage further with international trade, generate new leads and drive sales.

 

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As Australian Wine Connect is live for twelve months, can wineries and exporters change the 10 SKUs that they feature over this period?
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Yes, wineries and exporters can change the 10 SKUs over the twelve months.

Program and other opportunities

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What are some examples of events within the twelve-month program?
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We will be offering a diverse program of engaging events and experiences on Australian Wine Connect to help drive traffic to the platform over the twelve months. Activities include live thought leadership sessions, tastings, and variety and regional explorations to showcase the people, places and processes that make Australian wine unique. We will be working with a range of presenters - influencers from across the world - but in the spotlight will be Australian winemakers, viticulturists, commentators and thought-leaders, sharing their experiences and insights. We will also be working with Austrade and Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) to develop business-matching events tailored to specific focus markets such as Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and more. The Wine Australia team is currently working on the program and we will share a calendar once finalised.

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Will there be other opportunities that I can sign up for as part of this campaign?
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Yes, we are currently working with FIAL, Austrade and other international partners to develop additional opportunities for wineries to sign up for over the twelve-month period. We will share more details on these opportunities as they become available.

Wine Export Grants

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What is the Wine Export Grant and how can my winery apply?
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Wine Australia is offering small and medium-sized Australian wine producers Wine Export Grants to support their promotional activities in international markets. Producers are invited to apply and claim up to 50% reimbursement of eligible expenses for participating in Australian Wine Connect. Expenses may include:

  • Participation fee (the virtual expo space cost)
  • Marketing collateral such as promotional videos, photographic assets or advertising copy
  • Translation fees
  • Costs associated with supplying free samples including freight or transport (up to A$5,000)

For more information and to apply, please visit https://wineaustralia.com/whats-happening/export-and-regional-wine-support-package/grants. If you have any questions about the Wine Export Grants, please contact grants@wineaustralia.com or (08) 8228 2000.