Thomson Geer advises on the amalgamation of Winemakers Federation of Australia and Australian Vignerons

10 December 2018


Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Incorporated (WFA) and Wine Grape Growers Australia Incorporated (trading as Australian Vignerons) (AV) have agreed to amalgamate, with the amalgamated association proposed to be named ‘Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated’. The Thomson Geer team of Partner, Loretta Reynolds, Special Counsel, Annabel West and Lawyer, Isobel Maddern, acted for WFA and AV.

WFA and AV are the national peak industry bodies for Australia’s Winemakers and Wine Grape Growers respectively, so the two organisations have natural synergies.

“Bringing wine grape growers and winemakers into one national advocacy body is a win for everyone. Grape growing in Australia has a long history and a prosperous grape growing industry and good viticulture underpins our entire wine industry.” said AV CEO, Anna Hooper.

In an historic event for the Australian wine industry, members of both WFA and AV voted in favour of the amalgamation at their AGMs on 13 November, paving the way for the amalgamation to proceed. We will continue to advise all parties with the facilitation of the amalgamation as it progresses, with the amalgamation expected to take effect on 1 February 2019.

 “We are delighted to have assisted both WFA and AV to reach this historic agreement to unite the winemaker and grape grower representative bodies to form a single united body, which will provide a stronger national voice for the wine sector. We look forward to continuing to work with both parties to complete the amalgamation in the new year.” said Thomson Geer’s Annabel West.