Margaret River Wine Association

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.

In 1996 the Association registered a geographic boundary for the region and the Margaret River became one of the first three wine regions in Australia to have its boundaries legally defined as a Geographical Indication (GI) 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 with additional funding sourced from corporate members, sponsorship and grants. MRWA has more than 165 industry members and 50 associated Grape Grower and Commercial members.

Our Vision
Margaret River is recognised amongst the world’s most compelling fine wine experiences.

Our Mission
Provide members relevant, effective support and high-quality services to promote the Margaret River fine wine experience in key markets.

Our Organisational Values
Excellence, Collaboration, Sustainability, Transparency

Strategic Plan
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 (updated in May 2018). Both are available to members upon request.

Our Organisational Structure
The affairs of the Association are governed by a Board on behalf of members of the MRWA. 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 MRWA members) are the Chair and Treasurer. The Association employs a Chief Executive Officer and a Communication & Events Manager full-time.

MRWA Board
The 2018/2019 Board members are:

Liz Mencel – Acting Chair – Flametree Wines
Alex Smith – Treasurer – Forrest Partners
Cameron Murphy – Secretary – Cape Mentelle
Mike Calneggia – Calneggia Family Vineyards
John Fogarty – Deep Woods Estate
Angela Gosden – Clairault | Streicker
Belinda Hopkins – Juniper Estate
Steve James – Voyager Estate
Ben Miller – Devil’s Lair

Click here for Board contacts.

MRWA Staff
The Margaret River Wine Association office is staffed as follows:

Amanda Whiteland – Chief Executive Officer,
Pip Heaford – Communications & Events Manager,

Contact Us
For General Business and Membership Enquiries, please contact 08 9757 9330 or email:
For Tourism related enquiries, please contact the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association on 089780 5911 or

Office Address:
Margaret River Visitor Centre
100 Bussell Highway Margaret River WA 6285

Postal Address:
Margaret River Wine Association
PO Box 204
Margaret River WA 6285

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