Japan and Korea will have dedicated Aus wine representatives

Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia welcomed the announcement of two national directors dedicated to Australian wine in Tokyo and Seoul.

National Manager for Japan Rosemary MacDonald and National Manager for South Korea Suzie Chung were introduced at market ceremonies.

Australian Grape & Wine managing director Tony Battaglene said he was delighted with the appointments, which were funded by the federal government’s ATMAC (Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation) programme.

“Ms. MacDonald and Ms. Chung will be vitally important resources in two key markets that have been identified for the growth of Australian wine exports.

“The Australian Government recognizes the challenges faced by exporters and has provided this investment to support the strategic and long-term efforts of the wine sector in Japan and South Korea,” Mr Battaglene said.

McDonald recently worked as a brand manager for KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin and other white spirits; Chung was a journalist at Wine 21 Media since 2011 and is their head of international cooperation with the media.

Wine Australia CEO Martin Cole also welcomed MacDonald and Chung to the new roles that will be based with Wine Australia.

“These new roles demonstrate the commitment of the Australian Government, Australian Grape & Wine and Wine Australia to helping Australian wineries diversify and scale up their exports during a truly challenging time.

“We salute Ms. MacDonald’s and Ms. Chung’s extensive expertise in Japan and South Korea and look forward to their close collaboration with our wineries,” Cole said.

Japan and South Korea are two key destinations for Australian wine, currently ranking eighth and eleventh by value export markets respectively, and both have growth opportunities.

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