Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Celebrate the birthday of an Australian icon – and get an insight into where the next generation of innovative winemakers are taking the cask.

The cask turns 50 this year and the industry is celebrating the milestone with an event in Sydney tomorrow.

One in three glasses of wine consumed in Australia comes from a cask, but what does the future hold for this seasoned Aussie? Will it reinvent itself in the face of a mid-life crisis or will it fade away like memories of a Hills Hoist in a verdant backyard?

Key speakers at the function will provide some insight into the cask’s history and its links with prehistory, before looking to the future to outline how hitting the refresh button will infuse new life into the familiar bag-in-box format.


  • John Angove, Angove Family Wines
  • Scott Bell, General Manager – cask, Accolade Wines
  • Robert Hill-Smith, Managing Director, Yalumba
  • Darren DeBortoli, Managing Director, DeBortoli Wines
  • Paul Evans, Chief Executive, Winemakers’ Federation of Australia
  • Richard Barrett, VP Global Wine and Spirits, Scholle Packaging


Q & A with John Angove, recalling his father Tom’s early tinkering with the first wine in a box concept (and the connection to prehistoric goatskins), how the designs came together and how the Australian invention is now adopted all over the world. This will be followed by a panel discussion with winemakers and industry representatives on ‘where to next’ for the cask wine sector.

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 6.30pm-8.30pm

Where: Nielsen Park, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse NSW 2030

Details and interview requests:

Jenny Turner, Michels Warren, 0412 155 245; [email protected]

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wine; cask; Australian wine; Angove; Yalumba; DeBortoli Wines, Scholle Packaging; Winemakers' Federation of Australia



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