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That’s how Napa Valley Winegrower Belia Ramos described her day in the Riverland on Monday. Belia was one of thirty-one international wine growers and winemakers who flew into Renmark for a whirlwind visit to the world’s only ‘outback’ wine region, as part of the Great Wine Capitals visit to South Australia.

Further to his comments last week, new RWGA Chair Brett Proud has offered some further reflections on the purpose of having an industry representative organisation and the importance of actively engaging in 2-way dialogue, even when things are on the up ‘n up.

This project is driven by grower demands to develop a Digital Vineyard Guidance System that will help growers improve production processes, manage risks and drive significant improvements in vineyard profitability and sustainability.

The pioneers, soldier settlers and migrants to the Riverland developed agricultural and horticultural industries, co-operatives, regional communities, and a wonderful lifestyle in the driest State on the driest continent thanks to the mighty Murray and a pronounced hard work ethic. Without the river today’s population would consist of a few hardy grain growers and maybe a few pastoralists.  There would be few services and no communities. The hard workers have worked with the river and built a magnificent horticultural industry with winegrowers and winemakers playing a major role. In days gone by those who worked harder and harder revealed glimpses of utter brilliance by developing hundreds, if not thousands of clever gadgets to ease some of the work burden and increase efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society together with the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) Advisory Board recently announced the finalists of the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards and the Riverland, again features in the list.

This year’s Riverland Wine and Food Festival (RWFF) attracted a record crowd with 2,500 locals and visitors attending the sell-out event.

Overlooking the Murray River at Berri, the RWFF is a highlight of the Riverland events calendar, bringing the community together to enjoy all the things that make this region great – showcasing the region’s wine, cider, beer and spirits along with delicious food and non-stop entertainment in a unique shady environment.

After six years of commitment as Chair of Australia’s largest winegrower organisation, Sheridan Alm has handed the baton to Brett Proud for a three-year term. At the recent meeting of Riverland Wine the management committee were unanimous in their gratitude to Sheridan for her work as their regional Chief and unanimous in selecting Brett Proud to continue the tradition of strong leadership established by the inaugural Chair, Malcolm Hill in 2001, followed by Mick Himsworth, the late Richard Dolan, Roseanne Healy and Sheridan. The following is Brett’s manifesto for Riverland Wine as he begins the journey.

Steve Pearce, National Sales Manager for NZ Tube Mills in New Zealand, is a regular reader of our newsletter and took particular notice of the most recent edition and the ongoing issues and concerns relating to CCA treated timber.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is taking proactive action for the 2018 summer spraying season to reduce the likelihood of spray drift damage.

Last week the Roundup urged members to read the ACCC Issues Paper published following an analysis of survey responses, recently compiled from winegrowers around the country.

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