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Packaging Committee

Packaging Committee

The Packaging Committee provides a forum for direct discussion among stakeholders – and advice to the Australian Grape & Wine Board – on political, technological, environmental, regulatory and market driven changes in wine, wine product and brandy packaging.


  • Richard McCaughey – Chandon (Chair)
  • Andy Carr – Brown Brothers Family Wine Group
  • Naomi Dalwood – Treasury Wine Estates
  • Marissa Altmeier – Pernod Ricard Winemakers
  • Jesse Auricht- Hill-Smith Family Estates


  • Kieran Hirlam – The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
  • Eric Wilkes – The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
  • WISA Representative


  • Damien Griffante – Australian Grape & Wine

Terms of Reference

  • Updating and promoting the Wine Packaging Guidelines
  • Encouraging cooperation between winemakers and local packaging companies in response to proposed changes to packaging specifications by major national and international distributors
  • Working to improve safety levels for packing and transporting wine
  • Maintaining a watching brief on Container Deposit Legislation
  • Investigating the development of a benchmark for whole of life packaging costs in Australia
  • Monitoring international and domestic allergen and other mandatory labelling
  • Monitoring the lightweighting of bottles internationally and working with domestic bottle producers on lightweighting issues
  • Providing input into the National Trade Measurement Legislation and Regulations
  • Keeping WFA members informed of any relevant changes to packaging regulations, domestically and internationally.
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