KING Valley vigneron Christian Dal Zotto (pictured) is one of only 15 people who have successfully applied to be part of the Australian wine industry’s Future Leaders program.
Held every two years and coordinated by Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) in partnership with Wine and Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) and Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA), the program is designed to develop participants’ leadership capabilities and encourage innovation and thoughtful debate on the future of the sector.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” said Christian, who is chairman of the Wines of the King Valley marketing group and works at his well known family winery at Whitfield.
“I was stunned when I received the news but so excited to be given this opportunity
“It’s an amazing mix of very competent people from all facets of the wine industry.”
The first session of the six-month program – which includes four face-to-face sessions across the country that aim to challenge and stretch participants both professionally and personally – will be a camping trip for the inductees to Canberra this week, a chilling thought for Christian.