Riverland Wine EO, Chris Byrne is pleased with the outcomes of the first 2 Breakfast meetings in Waikerie and Berri. So far more than 40 have attended and provided plenty of discussion around some of the challenges to being sustainable. Guest presenter Jim Caddy has provided plenty of food for thought around the ‘top of mind’ issue for growers and winemakers alike: grape and wine prices and the factors that influence them.
There is still time to register if you want to join the discussion. The next 2 meetings will be on Tuesday and Thursday next week at 7:30am in the Renmark and Loxton Hotels respectively.
Chris commented, “It has become increasingly difficult to engage members in recent years; largely because many have lost confidence that the long term economic pressures can and will turn back in favour of profitability. Everyone involved in growing grapes, making wine and selling into global markets has been challenged to become more competitive, especially around ‘pricing’ for both grapes and wine. Much of that competition has been a result of overplanting in many areas beyond this region and beyond our Australian shores. But we are getting on top of those factors and we are learning a lot more about the realities of markets we operate in and there is reason to be optimistic”.
Pick up the phone now and call Kate to book a breakfast at Renmark or Loxton next week.