Galafrey Wines has been select to apart of the Tourism Workforce/Futures Program. Starting next week we are excited to be apart of this program and improve our cellar door.
"Our Industry Advisors will work with you one-on-one to help your business gain a competitive advantage by assisting with business planning, mentoring and providing information on what training funding and industry resources are available to your business. During the first step of the program, your Industry Advisor will go through an online business diagnostic tool with you. Your Industry Advisor will then create a Development Plan for your business to implement and provide you with ongoing support as you work on your business."
Q&A PROFILE Kim Tyrer
|Q&A PROFILE Kim Tyrer
How do you like to spend your weekends?
I "like" to spend my weekends playing Netball and having a few vinos with the girls or curling up on the couch watching a good game of footy with some red wine and a cheese board. But when I am not doing that I am pretty much doing odd jobs around the winery I didn't finish during the working week. The joys of owning your own biz!
What's your most treasured possession?
My wedding rings. I would be devastated if I lost them or they were stolen because while insurance would replace them it would never be the same (unless of course I got an upgrade??).
What would you save first in a house fire?
My artworks- you couldn't replace them. And maybe my dad stamp collection which I have been doing some work on??
What was the last book you read?
Normally I would say I don't have time to read as I mainly read industry journals but I have recently read Tara Moss 'Assassin' as I have read the series so far. I like crime novels.
If there was one thing you could change about Australia, what would it be?
At the moment more regional development and more innovative development in Agriculture. I believe Agriculture is the backbone of this country and it is currently struggling with rising costs and falling prices making the business of it unsustainable. Please support Australia and buy Australian made products.
Who would you invite to dinner?
Normally I would say my husband- we never have enough time together alone.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Being a student I got up early at 5am from Mt Barker to get to Uni in Perth at 9am for lecture. Spent all day at Uni. Went back to unit in Perth for a sleep because I was so tired. Got up around 6pm. No food in house so jump in the car to get some food. Instead of reversing I drove forward into the unit by accident. Whoops. It was very embarrassing ringing my parents and telling them. Made me look like a real blonde female driver!
High quality vintage forecast amid low yields
Wine producers are hoping a high quality product will make up for low yields in this year's vintage.
The nation's peak industry body, Wines Australia, has released its 2013 vintage review report which predicts high quality red and white wine varieties in the Great Southern and Mount Barker regions.
However, the report warns tonnage and yields are down in some areas.
Kim Tyrer from the Mount Barker Wine Producers Association says wineries are confident of high quality products but low yields could cause some issues.
"You might have a position on a shelf and if you can no longer stock that position on a shelf they'll put someone else in that position, so you get replaced I guess," she said.
"It might reduce your options, where you might want to sell to certain people but you can't because you can't make their volume."
She says the region's producers are optimistic.
"That is a little bit of concern to some people in some areas but in terms of quality, we're bottling our 2013 white today and they're looking incredibly aromatic, really fresh, really lively, with nice acidity and nice balance," she said.
Survey shows big jump in winemakers' confidence
Local wine producers say optimism in the industry has jumped significantly, with survey results showing confidence in the sector generally has risen more than any other.
The National Australia Bank's (NAB) post-farm gate agribusiness survey for the March quarter showed confidence in the wine industry increased by more than 20 points over the three months.
NAB says that was largely fuelled by the growth in exports of higher priced bottles.
Kim Tyrer from Mount Barker Wine Producers Australia says the mood among local producers has improved noticeably.
"A lot of people in the wine industry have spent a lot of time in the last five years looking hard at their business and how they can do things better and how we can improve our production, not only in terms of making great wine but also from a business perspective in terms of the cost of production and the scale of production," she said.
She says the results reflect vastly improved feeling in the local industry.
"I think it's going really well, I'm really happy with the progress we're making and we've spent a lot of time looking after the internals of the business and the branding and the marketing of our business and we're seeing some rood results," she said.
"People are talking about it, people are positive."
RIRDC finalist Kim Tyrer talks with Owen Grieve
By Owen Grieve
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
RIRDC finalist, Kim Tyrer
With an untimely death in the family, a young Western Australian woman found herself thrust into a very responsible position running a vineyard and full-blown winery.
Kim Tyrer is CEO of Galafrey Wines in Mount Barker, and now wants to pass on her experiences to other people running family businesses.
Kim is a finalist in the RIRDC Rural Womens Award, the winner of which will be announced next week.
After her father died 10 years ago Kim has taken on all aspects of the business, and is the face of the Galafrey Wine business - which has been very challenging.
As part of the RIRDC Rural Womens Award Kim aims to develop a 12-week rural business mentoring program to which people subscribe and experience via the internet.
Kim says, " The model will provide a professional journey which will include a series of online webinars that can be accessed by everyone, regardless of location, and will deal directly with the issues of family businesses."
"Information may be presented through podcasts, interviews, blogs, videos, forums, so people can become a community and talk about their problems."