Spring is here; spray rigs will soon be in full swing; then Christmas, then back into harvest!
The modest improvement in 2016 grape prices must be maintained and improved in 2017 and beyond, to break the long-term, downward price trend. For the majority of members neither grape nor wine production can be sustained if grape and export wine prices remain at the levels of recent years. CPI never takes a break. Besides upward pressure on operating costs the unconstrained growth in energy and water costs are game-changers.
The Association has been gathering data, building relationships, consolidating its financial position and initiating programs that will reveal Riverland winegrowers and winemakers are leading the way in the quest to restore Australia’s reputation as an exporter of exceptional value wines in export volume as well as value. There’s more work to be done but Riverland Wine is getting on with it. The WET Rebate reform program, announced prior to the recent election, is a crucial part of re-establishing a level-playing arena in export markets. Those are the markets where more than 75% of our wine is sold; but that’s just the beginning.
The region’s infrastructure and access to markets is unparalleled. Community spirit, work ethic and innovation in the face of adversity have put in place the foundations for the next wine era. As recently advised, the Breakfast Meetings are back:
Tuesday September 13, 7:30am
Thursday September 15, 7:30am
Tuesday September 20, 7:30am
Thursday September 22, 7:30am
All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Numbers will be limited to no more than 40 per breakfast. If need be, more sessions will be organised in the evening time slots. If you can only attend an evening meeting please contact our office – phone 8584 5816 or email.