By Andy Young

Applications for the 2017 Future Leaders program, which looks to help shape the future of Australia’s grape and wine industry are closing tomorrow.

Over the past decade, Future Leaders, funded by Australian Vignerons, Wine Australia and Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, has helped the Australian wine community prepare for the challenges of tomorrow by building today the capabilities of the next generation of leaders.

The 91 Future Leaders alumni include winemakers, grapegrowers and viticulturists, business managers and marketers, suppliers and researchers, who have already demonstrated the strong leadership and vision required to position Australia as a fine wine leader on the global stage.

The Future Leaders 17 program has been re-shaped and will explore new avenues in business, marketing and governance, and will also look at how global economics will shape the future. Participants will look at new technology, how they can amplify the innovative thinking that already exists in our sector, and will learn contemporary approaches to people development and commercial success.

Anne Duncan, Global Knowledge and People Development Manager at Wine Australia, who is overseeing the 2017 program, said: “We need leaders who can be catalysts for innovation, who can adapt to the inevitable changes that our sector will face in the future, and who can drive the continual evolution of the Australian wine story, be they winemakers, grape growers, export managers or researchers.”

Anyone interested in applying for the course should head to the Wine Future Leaders website, applications are now open and will close tomorrow, 9 March 2017.

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