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Two Riverland wineries, 919 Wines (Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices) and Mallee Estate Wines (Wine Tourism Restaurants) have been named as finalists in SA Best of Wine Tourism Awards.

Riverland Wine members attending a recent Labour Hire and Contractor Licensing Workshop, conducted by SAWIA in Berri in August, heard about many of the risks associated with the new Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 for wineries, wine grape growers, vineyard contractors and labour hire businesses alike.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is keen to work with the wine industry again this year, well in advance of the 2020 vintage, to minimise grape spillages on public roads.

For the second successive week the Riverland Wine Centre at Lyrup has grabbed the headlines! Although it didn’t feel like it on Monday morning, with temperatures back below zero, more than 300 people celebrated the end of winter and welcomed spring at the Budburst Festival at the Pike River Centre last Saturday. The afternoon was warm with a light breeze. The wines were shone brightly, the food was excellent as was the music.

In recent weeks this column has published plenty of information about the last vintage. We’ve also had a fair bit to say about the current water worries and its true there’s plenty to be done between now and April to manage the vintage.

What a triumph! Andrew and Bronny Caire have gifted the Riverland a magnificent new Wine Centre.

Please note the date for the annual general meetings for the Riverland Winegrape Growers’ Association and Riverland Wine Industry Development Council has been changed to Monday September 9, at 3pm to be held at the Loxton Research Centre.

Members who are unable to attend can contact Kate by phone (8584 5816) or email .

Congratulations Scott Wall, vineyard manager for Australian Vintage, in the Riverland, who was recently announced the winner of a competition conducted by Winetitles Media. Scott won a trip to SIMEI which will be held in Italy later in the year.

The minimum water allocations for South Australian River Murray irrigators have increased to 68 per cent.

When friends talk of Peter Kernich, they don’t immediately describe him as virtuous. Rather, they begin with words like fair, fastidious, faithful, family and fun, and they’re only the F words. Kind, charitable, patient, careful, shy and generous are other words at the top of the list. All these words just scratch the surface when describing the person Pete was; until last Saturday.

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