Grower meetings in four towns

If you own a registered vineyard in the Riverland, you should have received your invitation to the next round of town breakfast meetings to hear about what happened, what’s happening and to have your say about what you would like to happen as a member of Riverland Wine.

Meetings are scheduled for Waikerie next Monday April 28, Barmera Tuesday April 29, Renmark Wednesday April 30 and Loxton Friday May 2.

The first part of the meeting will concentrate on the 2014 harvest; the upside, the disappointments, the unexpected challenges and anything else of note. Members will recall being invited to have input to the strategic plan at the January meetings. This feedback has been collated and incorporated into the plan, due to be published by June 30. Further input will be invited and an outline of the plan will be presented for discussion prior to finalisation.

In addition, information will be shared about a special industry outlook event being planned by the Wine Grape Council SA for some time in June. Plans for a special project to undertake a “stocktake” of all Riverland vineyards as part of a ground-truthing of the Phylloxera register of vineyards will be discussed. If this can be achieved there will be opportunities for a more strategic approach to the challenges of developing scale and assisting those who are striving to find solutions to profitability and longer term confidence in our region and the winegrape industry.

There will be discussions of plans for a 2-day conference in the Riverland in the middle part of next year and an update of SARMS3IP progress. The redevelopment of the Loxton Research Centre will be covered and finally an explanation of why it makes sense to link the cost of growing grapes in the Riverland to the cost of landing a case of wine in a market place anywhere in the world will be made.

Members will be invited to provide written feedback at the conclusion of each topic during the meetings. Please make every effort to attend so that your ideas can be put to the other members and to the Association. The program is available to download on the website.

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