Australian-owned consulting group, WineNet and Chêne et Cie, parent company of world-renowned cooperage Tonnellerie Taransaud have signed a joint venture agreement to form a new company, Taransaud Australasia Pty Ltd. This development crowns four years of successful association which has seen Taransaud barrels become a much sought after product in Australia and New Zealand, as is the case in the rest of the wine world. Chêne has recently expanded its operations by establishing its Taransaud Cooperage in Beaune and by acquiring Canton Wood Products and Canton Cooperage in Kentucky, USA.

These additions complement Taransaud's existing premier oak portfolio from Cognac and its range of Jacques Garnier Alpha barrels, which are made from a selection of the best French and European forests.

Appointment of Manager - Sales and Marketing

In announcing the formation of the company, WineNet Managing Director David Wollan and Taransaud President Henri de Depracomtal have expressed their pleasure in the appointment of Garry King as Manager - Sales and Marketing, Taransaud Australasia. "Garry has extensive national and international sales and marketing experience in the Australian and New Zealand wine industries and he is a welcome and important addition to our company", said David Wollan.

In addition to his wine career, which has spanned twenty years, King headed the environmental technology division of an Adelaide based hi-tech company with particular focus on air pollution and waste management. His breadth of experience in the wine industry includes having lived and worked in three major wine states namely NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Employed in senior management roles, he was instrumental in the early successes of respected wine companies such as Rosemount Estates and Mitchelton and in the development of Grant Burge Wines. Some of the many highlights in his career include being President of the Victorian Wine and Brandy Association for a number of years, initiating Rosemount's successful export drive through the establishment of its London office, and being part owner and managing director of St Hubert's winery in the Yarra Valley.

Garry says he is "excited with his new role and is looking forward to further establishing Taransaud's quality products in prestigious wineries throughout Australia and New Zealand".

For further information, ring Garry on 0438 944 955 or e-mail: gking@winenet.com.au