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On Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10, Riverland Wine partnered with the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) to host a series of Spray Application workshops. Fittingly named 'Spray Application – Doing it Better' the two Riverland workshops proved popular with over 120 people attending.

Australian wine businesses are being proactive about climate change and are implementing technology and processes that can help them adapt to the potential effects on their industry, according to research from Curtin University. There were 532 wine businesses surveyed during the study.

Riverland growers and winemakers welcomed the national executive of Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) to the region last week for an exchange of ideas and information about a wide range of issues affecting Australian grape growers.

The State Council (WGCSA) resolved at the July meeting to conduct a roadshow program during September and October. The Riverland will be one of four regions the Council representatives will visit.

Preliminary data released by the Phylloxera Board reveals that Riverland growers and wineries together grew 396,000 tonnes of winegrapes in 2013.  That's down 15,000t or 3.7 per cent on the 2012 crush.

The Riverland Viticulture Technical Group (RVTG) has just completed a full review of the projects it is operating under the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation's Regional Program.

Late last Thursday an ordinary looking email surfaced in various in-boxes around the Riverland proclaiming that: "Today, South Australia entered into a milestone agreement with the Australian Government and other Basin States, outlining how they will work together in delivering the Murray-Darling Basin Plan".

The Riverland Viticulture Technical Group has recently become involved in clonal evaluation work being undertaken by the Riverland Vine Improvement Committee and Yalumba. The project is now being supported by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation funding via the Technical Group's involvement.

In an evening not for the faint hearted, The Riverland Wine Show celebrated its 40th year on 20th September at Ruston’s Rose Garden, Renmark. In a show of the quality and quantities of wines the region is producing, there was a sharp increase in entries up from 250 exhibits in 2011 to 350.

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