James is the 2016 chair of the Vale Cru
Tuesday night the Vale Cru hosted our AGM and elected our representatives for the year.
The Vale Cru works collectively. Each member helps themselves and each other in developing new skills in the making, marketing and selling wine. Each of members has different skills and specialities.
We have been working together since 2008 which makes us one of the longest collectives going around in the wine industry!
Behind the scenes I have taken over as chair for 2015/16 assisted by Scott Heidrich (Rusty Mutt) as vice chair, Sadie Gomer (Wistmosa Wines) as secretary, Maria Bottin (vigna bottin) as treasurer and Toby Bekkers (Bekkers Wines) Rose Kentish (Ulithorne Wines), Julian Forwood (Ministry of Clouds), Andrew Wood (Waywood Wines) and Paul Bottin as a committee.
We have offered membership to five new up and coming wineries which we will announce once they accept joining with us.
I am a massive believer in working collectively and sharing information, techniques and skills. I am excited to work with the Cru.
We have a series of high quality events planned kicking off with the SALA festival in August and the Victory Event in October.
The calendar will be published soon.