2015 Adelaide

 
 

The 2015 Technical Meeting was held on 11-13 November 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.

Pacific Rim government officials met to streamline import-export requirements and save grape growers and winemakers millions of dollars. More than 80 wine regulators and wine industry representatives from 17 Pacific Rim economies convened at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum's (WRF) Technical Meeting to share good regulatory practices on wine certification, analysis and winemaking practices in the growing trade region.

  APEC WRF Participants photographed in front of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).

APEC WRF Participants photographed in front of the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).

The two-day international conference, hosted by the Winemakers' Federation of Australia and the Australian government, focused on eliminating burdensome and duplicative regulations to reduce the costs of cross-border wine trade, stimulate demand and increase wine exports to the growing Asia Pacific region.

WRF Working Groups made significant progress in Adelaide including:

  • Harmonising maximum residue limits (MRLs) set for pesticides used on wine grapes; 
  • Increasing the efficiency of laboratory analytical testing;
  • Advancing international principles for nations to use when establishing wine regulations; and
  • Developing a model wine export certificat that can be used in any APEC economy requiring certification.

In addition, a new WRF Working Group was establised in Adelaide to address the need for Good Regulatory Principles in international trade.

For additional meeting information, please refer to the meeting agenda, press release and presentations.