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Wine Australia has published the 2018 SA Winegrape Crush Survey and the Regional Summary Report. All the details are available on the Vinehealth Australia website. The Riverland summary reported the total crush of Riverland grown grapes tallied up to 447K tonnes; 232K tonnes of reds and 216K tonnes of white grapes. This was almost 25K tonnes less than 2017 but still more than 60% of the SA crush.

919 Wines is running two drought relief fundraising activities to assist farming families in drought-stricken New South Wales.

A six-pack of wine, including the 919 2010 Durif and 919 2012 Shiraz (both no longer available) and the 2006 Vintage fortified wine, from the winemaker’s personal cellar is up for auction. Each bottle is personally signed by the winemaker.

The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) is the peak body for South Australian independent grape growers. It is funded through a voluntary contribution, paid on SA wine grapes into the South Australian Grape Grower Industry Fund (SAGGIF). The contribution is calculated at $1 per tonne of grapes sold.

Heralding a new era for the Riverland Wine Show, Philip Reedman MW has been appointed Chief Wine Judge as the event moves towards its 50th year.

Come on, Riverland, let’s get on the international wine tourism stage and show them what we’ve got.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Great Wine Capitals Global Network Best of Wine Tourism Awards. This is a fabulous opportunity as the presentation of both local and international awards will be made at the Gala Dinner of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network AGM to be held in Adelaide on Thursday November 7, 2018 as part of the international AGM.

The State Government wants to change the way our natural resources are managed. The proposed reforms will focus on empowering local communities and land managers to be directly responsible for sustainably managing their region’s natural resources – with an emphasis on soil quality, water management and pest plant and animal control. This will involve significant reforms to the NRM system.

The proposed changes include:

  • Creating nine new Landscape Boards to replace the NRM Boards
  • Putting people at the heart of managing our natural resources, recognising that those who work and live on the land are well placed to manage and sustain it
  • Creating a simpler, flexible and accessible system for managing natural resources, with decentralised decision-making
  • Capping annual land and water levy rises at a rate set by an independent body or according to CPI
  • Establishing a $2m statewide Landscape Priorities Fund and Grassroots Grant program for volunteer community and not-for-profit groups to access.

The Government wants to hear what people think about the reforms, and a community forum will be held at the Berri Bowling Club on Monday September 3 from 2pm.

For more information, or to have your say before September 20, visit the website.

Congratulations to Byrne Vineyards on being announced a 5 Star Winery in the 2019 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, as well as being named one of the Dark Horses for 2019.

This is a huge achievement, resulting from the efforts and innovative spirit within all elements of the business from grape growing through to winemaking, bottling and servicing customers across the globe.

To find out more about Byrne Vineyards and their many achievements in both winemaking and environmental sustainability, and of course, their Eco-suite ‘glamping tent’ accommodation, visit their website.

The Riverland Wine AGM will be held on Monday August 27, 2018 from 3pm at the Loxton Research Centre. Members who are unable to attend can contact, Kate by phone (8584 5816) or email .


Wine Australia has reported that the USA trade has said that now is the time for Australian wine exporters to re-engage with the US market.

Time is running out to register for the 13th annual Young Gun of Wine competition. Let’s make sure the Riverland has a shot at it!

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