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The Members Meetings recently convened in the Fortified Wines Barrel Room at Berri Estates covered many different topics. The 100+ members who attended heard a series of presentations from Accolade Wines, the Winemakers Federation (WFA), the ACCC, Riverland Wine and Jim Caddy.

CropWatch has been a regular part of the growing season for decades in this region; since the 1980s in fact. Many have referred to it as their ‘Bible’ especially in the ‘high risk period’ from September to December. CropWatch was developed by scientists from the Loxton Research Centre and run for many years as a ‘phone in service’ and then a fax service to subscribers. Since 2002, Riverland Wine (RW) has been responsible for the service.

For those who have not yet made the note in their diary, please make your choice and contact Kate 8584 5816 or admin@riverlandwine.com.au to register for the BBQ meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 3:30pm or the breakfast meeting Friday, December 7 at 7:30am. Both meetings will be convened in the Fortified Wines - Barrel Hall at Berri Estates Winery.

The Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) – which are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society —work to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

There is never a week that passes that someone doesn’t murmur “wouldn’t it be a good idea if we had a Riverland and Mallee Primary Producers Business Centre” (RaMPP)

Regular readers may have noted in their diaries last week to attend Riverland Wine Members Meetings on November 19 and 20.

Please note those dates have been moved out to Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7.

Still waters run deep. Those fortunate enough to know Bob Dambergs are well familiar with his deep voice but perhaps not so familiar with his gifts of scientific planning and rigour stemming from his deep love of exploring and revealing the secrets of grapes and wine.

He has been honoured this week by the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) along with Dr Richard Smart, being admitted as Fellows to the Society for their outstanding and meritorious contribution to the grape and wine industry and to the Society.

Dr Robert (Bob) Dambergs is one of the truly quiet achievers from the Riverland. Alongside his love for science is his love for growing grapes on his Monash vineyard. Bob has been a CCW member since 1985. He has served on the Grape and Wine Technology Delivery Group for the last three years and was appointed by growers to the RWGA Management Committee in August this year. He has held a number of technical roles at Berri Estates; he is a past secretary of the Berri Ag Bureau and currently involved with viticulture and winemaking research projects with the AWRI, undertaking much of his work in Tasmania.

In making the announcement ASVO president Dr Anthony Robinson said “Bob has been, and continues to be, an exemplary role model for researchers in balancing novel scientific findings with applied outcomes for industry. His contributions to the grape and wine community have been countless but all generate from his unique combination of deep understanding of industry needs, rigorous scientific planning and knowledge and critically, consideration of how to practically apply science to create impactful outcomes.

Bob is another of the Riverland’s ‘hidden gems’.

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An historic meeting of Australian Vignerons (AV) and the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) took place in Adelaide on Tuesday, November 13. Both organisations convened their annual general meetings followed by a joint meeting at which the boards of both groups voted to amalgamate to form Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated (AGWI).

Grab your diary. Two pre-vintage meetings will be convened on Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20. Rather than four meetings in four towns we’ve decided on a different format: a late afternoon meeting followed by a BBQ and a sample of some Riverland wines or alternatively, an early morning breakfast meeting (with a wine tasting).

While this was all happening on the home front, Sarah Ahmed, internationally recognised as the Wine Detective, presented five Riverland produced wines to a capacity audience on Sunday, in London at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter event.

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