Australian wineries armed with tools to get ‘lean’

Australian wineries can now improve their techniques and practices, reducing costs and improving productivity following the launch of the new Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) ‘Lean’ Guide for the wine industry.

‘Lean’ is a system of tools and practices that help businesses to use less human effort, space, capital, material and time. The Lean Guide: A Primer on Lean Production for the Australian Wine Industry (access online) is a user-friendly, simple guide interpreting the ‘Lean’ technique for wineries.

Developed through collating and summarising industry-relevant ‘Lean’ techniques and methods from leading small, medium and large wineries, the final guide was validated by industry partners.

AGWA’s General Manager – Research, Development and Extension, Kate Harvey says that the Lean Guide will help how wineries function on a day-to-day basis.

“Despite the availability of consultants and resources, the uptake of lean production in the Australian wine industry is currently low.

“The new guide, which was identified as a need after extensive stakeholder consultation, offers a fresh approach to ‘lean’ thinking, will assist wineries to become more productive and efficient and will help drive business sustainability.”

Featuring an introduction to ‘Lean’ and guidance on how to apply the principles in a winery, the guide also includes a core set of techniques, tools and case studies relevant to most wineries regardless of scale or business model.

Beginning in early 2014, The Lean Guide was developed by consultancy 2xE as part of AGWA’s RD&E activities and funded by grape growing and winemaking levy payers with matching contributions from the Australian Government.

Future workshops are planned for early 2015 and interested regions and wineries can contact the RD&E team to express interest by emailing


For further information please contact:

Abbey Flanagan – Australian Grape and Wine Authority

Communications Coordinator

Phone: 08 8228 2000

Mobile: 0401 082 124



About the Australian Grape and Wine Authority

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), growing domestic and international markets and protecting the reputation of Australian wine.

AGWA is funded by grape growers and winemakers through levies and user-pays charges and the Australian Government, which provides matching funding for R&D investments.

AGWA is a Commonwealth statutory authority established under the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Act 2013 that commenced on 1 July 2014, replacing the Wine Australia Corporation and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation.