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Grampians Pyrenees Wine Co-operative launch

31 May 2010

NMIT's pivotal role in providing state-of-the-art processing facilities to support Grampians Pyrenees region wine producers was recently acknowledged by Victorian Agriculture Minister, The Hon Joe Helper MP.

The Minister was launching the Grampians Pyrenees Wine Co-operative (GPWC) before approximately 40 guests, at NMIT's Aradale winery (Ararat campus) on May 13.

The GPWC, which comprises nine regional wine producer-members (including NMIT), was formed earlier this year for the purpose of producing wine for export to the southern provinces of China and to support small to medium wine business across the Grampians Pyrenees region. The wine will be exported under the Ararat Gold label.

NMIT Faculty of Earth Sciences Associate Director, Wayne Pappin, welcomed invited guests to the Co-operative launch at NMIT's Aradale winery which is being used to process the export Ararat Gold label wine. Guests included Mr Weilan Shen - Consul General (Melbourne) for the Peoples' Republic of China, Cr Gwenda Allgood - Mayor of Ararat, GPWC Chair - John Higgins and members of the Co-operative.

At the conclusion of the launch, guests toured the Aradale winery with Co-operative winemaker, Simon Clayfield.

The launch was the first of three events on the evening of May 13, which were staged to celebrate the cultural and trade links between the Ararat region and China.


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