The followings is an extract from the Business Insider but very relevant to Riverland wine growers.
Colliers International is predicting a shortfall in Australian wine production as the drought bites and overseas palates grow ever more discerning and demanding.
An online tool, Fit4Work, has been developed by the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) and Pinnacle Workplace Consultants to promote safe manual handling techniques, risk management strategies, along with general health and wellbeing information.
There is no doubt that the next irrigation season is shaping up to be extremely challenging, with initial water allocations being set at 14%. While this is only an initial figure and is likely to be increased as the season progresses, there are still some worrying realities which did not exist during the “Millennium Drought”. These include significant volumes of water being relinquished by irrigators and returned to the environment and greatly increased irrigated crop areas throughout the Basin, and thus increased water demand. Put together, these mean greater demand and less supply. How this plays out in the water market will have a significant effect on your ability to source extra water to ensure vines are kept healthy and an economic crop is produced.
Many Riverlanders were playing sport, some were relaxing on and in the lazy river, plenty were gathered around screens to watch Winx last race and those having the best time of all were being hosted at 919 Wines, celebrating the achievements and superb wines produced by four of our newest, most imaginative winemakers.
Such are the opportunities that abound on pretty well any lazy Saturday arvo for locals and visitors in this corner of Paradise.