The Margaret River Wine Association (MRWA) is the peak body for Margaret River grape growers and winemakers. It was established in the late 1970’s as the Margaret River Grape Growers & Winemakers Association and was incorporated in 1982.
The Association was one of the first groups in Australia to register a geographic boundary for our region in 1996 and Margaret River was one of the first three wine regions in Australia to have its boundaries legally defined by the Australian government.
The charter of the Association has remained constant over the years, primarily to represent the interests of the Margaret River wine industry and promote Margaret River fine wine.
The MRWA is an independent, non-profit organisation, financed by its members and additional funding sourced from corporate members, sponsorship and grants. MRWA has more than 165 industry members and 50 associated Grape Grower and Commercial members.
MRWA is the peak representative body for the Margaret River wine industry, working together to assist them to consistently position Margaret River as one of the world’s most compelling regional fine wine experiences.
Margaret River is recognised as one of the world’s most compelling fine wine experiences.
MRWA operates against the Constitution of the Margaret River Wine Association and a Strategic Plan. The current Constitution was reviewed and updated in December 2017 and the Strategic plan was released in October 2016. Both are available to members upon request.
Our Organisational Structure
On behalf of Margaret River Wine Association members the affairs of the Association are governed by a Board. The Board consist of the office bearers; Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, together with sufficient members to bring the numbers of the Board to a maximum of ten members. Seven are elected by the membership and a further three Board members may be appointed to the Board at any time for up to a term of two years.
The independent Board Members (i.e. not from member businesses) are Chair Barry House and Treasurer Alex Smith. The Association employs a Chief Executive Officer and a Communication & Events Manager full-time and a Finance Officer part time.
The current 2017/2018 Board members are:
Hon Barry House – Independent Chair
Matt Credaro – Vice Chair – Credaro Family Estate
Alex Smith – Treasurer – Forrest Partners
Liz Mencel – Secretary – Flametree Wines
Michael Adonis – Robert Oatley Vineyards
Glenn Goodall – Xanadu Wines
Julian Grounds – McHenry Hohnen Wines
Steve James – Voyager Estate
Cameron Murphy – Cape Mentelle
Cath Oates – Oates Ends
The Margaret River Wine Association office is staffed as follows:
Amanda Whiteland – Chief Executive Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pip Heaford – Communications & Events Manager, email@example.com
Sue Jackman – Finance Officer (Mondays only), firstname.lastname@example.org
For General Business and Membership Enquiries, please contact 08 9757 9330 or email: email@example.com
For Tourism related enquiries, please contact the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association on 089780 5911 or www.margaretriver.com
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