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Food, wine and agribusiness is a key pillar of South Australia’s economy. The State Government is committed to supporting primary industries to invest, expand and grow, with an objective to accelerate the state’s food, wine and agribusiness sectors with the goal of 3% growth each year.

Wine Australia and the Fabulous Women in Wine Society convened a large gathering of wine industry champions in New York last week to introduce finalists and announce winners for the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA).  

A number of boutique wine producers are collaborating for another Riverland Small Winemakers Collaborative Cellar Door. Bassham Wines will host the small wine producers on Sunday, October 6 at their property on Bassham Road, Barmera. They will be joined by 919 Wines, Top Block, Spook Hill, Mundoo Ridge, Junnare Wines, Whistling Kite Wines and Back Verandah Wines.

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 .

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