SAWIA turns 175 in style

The South Australian Wine Industry Association held its 175th Anniversary Dinner on the 8th of October at the National Wine Centre. The room represented many of the legends of wine, an assortment of industry professionals, the SA Governor and several State and Federal MP’s.

Some months ago I commenced working with SAWIA Events and Courses Coordinator Marina Goldsworthy to see what we could do for the evening using AV resources, music, video clips and room theming to create a special feel this big event.

In conjunction with Joe Fuchsen from Scene Change, the AV provider for the National Wine Centre, we setup lighting and vision systems to give the audience a more immersive experience.

We also produced a 13 minute loop of video with historical images covering the first 175 years of the wine industry.

The nights entertainment was provided by Ellie Foster and her quartet of jazz musicians which created a great mood in the room throughout the night.

The highlight came later in the evening with a panel discussion on stage between MC Keith Conlon and a selection of legendary wine figures with hundreds of years experience between them.

Approximately 150 guests from all wine regions of South Australia attended this prestigious event.

The night was a great success and shows what can be achieved by combining some great elements together in a cost effective and visually spectacular outcome.

We continue to support SAWIA in many key activities and are proud of the ongoing working relationship that includes, video, web and other project support.

Dear Jon

On behalf of the members of the South Australian Wine Industry Association, and all of the staff, I wish to record our sincere thanks for your participation and desire to achieve the best possible outcome for last Thursday night in recognition of our 175 anniversary.

Your participation and involvement is now part of our association history and I thank you most sincerely for taking the time and effort to make it all happen. The night has certainly created memories that will be talked about in the future.

My best wishes to you.

Brian Smedley
Chief Executive


Services provided for this event included:

  • Project Mangement
  • AV support and consultation
  • Provision of Musicians
  • Slideshow support
  • Logistical management of AV activities on night
  • Video production of looping slideshows
  • Video production during evening filming the event speeches

Photo credits: Front page of website and featured image Grant Nowell