Dot Points

This week’s newsletter (The Roundup) continues the dot point format.

Representing Riverland growers beyond the farm gate

May seem boring, but is essential

  • Riverland Wine (RW) continues extensive communications with Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) and consequently Australian Grape and Wine (AGW). Relevant issues include:
    • Representation on behalf of growers subject to huge fines over water account reconciliation.
    • Andrew Weeks was chair of the Vignerons Committee at AGW. He recently resigned from AGW.  RW publicly acknowledges and thanks Andrew for his valuable contribution over the years.
    • Question? Who is now willing to take Andrew’s place? Grower representation at WGCSA (State) and AGW (National) level is critical.
    • Sheridan Alm continues to represent Riverland growers on the WGCSA.
    • Historically, a lack of representation allowed the Riverland to be exploited as a low quality/high volume bulk/cask region. The consequence is lower grape prices for growers.
    • Who wants to return to the early 2000s?
    • Who watched the AGW webinar on Wednesday, September 26?  If you weren’t able to attend last week’s webinar, watch it now.
    • Are you satisfied with the proposed new Code of Conduct affecting your supply contracts?

Influencing the influencers

  • RW, independently and through the Riverland Horticulture Futures Group (RHFG) continues to update South Australian politicians on relevant critical matters.
  • RW appreciates the time and commitment of Federal Government representatives Senator Rex Patrick, Tony Pasin MP and SA politicians Nicola Centofanti MLC, and Tim Whetstone MP.
  • Last Thursday evening, who listened to the questions Senator Patrick put to the ACCC at a Senate Select Committee hearing on the Multi-Juristictional Management and Execution of the MDB Plan?
  • As mentioned last week, the RHFG has agreed to jointly fund a program of work with Auricht Projects to develop a regional response to the ACCC Interim Report into Water Markets.
  • The deadline has been extended to October 20. The RHFG draft response is nearly complete.
  • Tony Pasin MP and Nicola Centofanti MLC will meet with the RHFG in a few weeks to discuss ongoing policy development related to the MDB Plan.

Random Observations

  • It was great to see Riverland growers in the media last week.
  • Sean Cole’s (CCW) wine industry overview was insightful.
  • The Koch Contracting vineyard ripper is worth looking at.
  • The appreciation, understanding and use of mulch and compost is growing.
  • New pruning machines built for Riverland vineyards are impressive.
  • Trials on non-destructive baume/maturity sampling will take place this season.
  • Exciting to hear that Riverland wine will soon be served at 2KW.

We look forward to your input please email Riverland Wine.

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