Adapting to difficult vintages

Are the years getting hotter, are the winters getting wetter, is vintage earlier?   
In recent years, extreme weather events such as heatwaves, drought and flooding rains seem to be becoming more frequent.

The AWRI workshop team will be visiting Renmark in May as part of an Australian roadshow tour.  The AWRI roadshows aim to ensure that current research and the provision of technical information is regularly available and delivered to the Australian grape and wine industry.

Roadshow workshops are focused towards providing practical advice to winemakers, viticulturalists and technical staff.   
Participants will be provided with information on how to deal with drought, salinity, extreme heat or heatwave events in the vineyard, bushfires and smoke taint, processing ripe fruit in the winery and avoiding stuck fermentations, as well as dealing with a compressed vintage and logistical pressures. Information will also be provided about growing grapes and making wine in wet seasons with high disease pressures including Botrytis.

This workshop will provide adaptation techniques to deal with these conditions in both the winery and vineyard and will explore energy use and efficiency savings in the winery, waste water management, and will include practicals and tastings of regionally suited alternate variety wines.

The free workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 13 9am to 4pm at the Renmark Hotel.  Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.  If you intend to attend please RSVP by contacting Kate at Riverland Wine phone 8584 5816 or email

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