Scandal hits Winemakers’ Federation of Australia


23 Sep – an independent enquiry has been announced here.

The approval of a new sustainability programme for Australian wine has been soured by scandal after revelations that a crucial audit of the programme had been doctored by the industry’s own representative organisation.

It was meant to be a good news story when the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia announced last Wednesday that Sustainable Australia Winegrowing, a comprehensive sustainability programme developed by the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association (MCGWTA), had been approved as part of Entwine, WFA’s national environmental scheme.

Grape growers across Australia enthusiastically welcomed the announcement...