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The only way is up

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The only way is up. Embrace change, adapt quickly and “elevate your business”. This is the theme of the 2023 Wine Industry Impact Conference.

Hosted by the Wine Industry Suppliers Association, the event will be held in Adelaide on 28-29 November.

The conference proper will be held on Tuesday 28 November followed by surprise regional visits on Wednesday 29 November.

“This is a conference to uplift, motivate and inspire,” WISA chair Tim Stead says.

“We’re all about the pathways to success, not about dwelling in the present.”

WISA has brought together a dynamic selection of international and local experts to discuss and analyse key topics to help all sectors of the wine industry thrive in 2024 and beyond.

Headlining the conference is European-based ‘Business of Drinks’ co-founder Felicity Carter, who will examine significant global wine trends and reveal some ‘silver linings of profitability’.

Delegates will also hear from Rabobank’s Pia Piggot, author of the ‘Swimming in Wine’ report.

Pia will discuss the likely options in how the industry could restructure to resecure balance in light of the excessive stock levels being carried, and touch upon characteristics and shifts in key and emerging export markets.

Hamish Saxton will provide insight to how Hawke’s Bay is developing its wine tourism offerings.

New Zealand’s oldest wine producing region, Hawke’s Bay is the newest member to the Great Wine Capitals program.

A series of breakout sessions will focus on the practicalities of responding to rapidly changing consumer preferences, market constraints and technological advancements.

Presentations will include case studies of successful businesses and examine what led to their respective advancement.

Rob Edwards OAM, a leading wellbeing speaker who works with people at all levels of business, will address the human factor in building success in challenging circumstances.

Delegates will also be signing up for a full-day surprise ‘regional visit’ that will be travelling to select key destinations in South Australia’s winegrape growing and winemaking regions for some unique behind-the-scenes insights.

The Wine Industry Impact Awards’ Gala Dinner will be held Tuesday 28 November at Adelaide Oval.

The dinner will highlight those businesses who are providing solutions that are positively impacting the capability and competitiveness of Australia’s grape and wine producers and is an excellent way to celebrate the innovations and advancement of the wine industry’s supply chain.

Corrina Wright of Olivers Taranga in McLaren Vale will be the emcee.

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