The Next Gen trip 2017 was based on the theme of Sustainability. Looking at this theme in the context of environmental, relationships and businesses.
The group of 17 had a jam-packed itinerary of wine and non-wine focused activities over the days that covered these three topics under the sustainability theme:
- Visiting the Royal Hobart wine show exhibitor tasting – tasting wines such as Gruner Veltiner and Tempranillo from Tasmania (climate evolution).
- Visiting the Devils Corner site – viticultural discussion on water use and soil quality, implementation if best practice for a very dry and cool climate.
- Jansz vineyards and masterclass with Peter Caldwell – changes in climate over time, better varietal selection for sites and use of clones.
- Visiting Mona was a great opportunity to spend time together and look at the world from alternative perspectives.
- Opportunities for meal time discussion about family business and succession; hot topics that were openly discussed around the table.
- Wine show tasting – understanding the direction of wine styles of the industry – the future.
- Visiting wineries Janz, Dalrymple and Devils Corner, Tas offering the next generation of wine tourism.
- Tasting and business discussion with Sinapus; gaining knowledge of how to think like a small wine producer, knowing where we can from generations ago.
- Masterclass with Lark Distillers – alternative and innovative products for the next generation of consumers.
Words by Katherine Brown – Next Gen Chair