When the May Breakfast Meeting dates were set, it was expected vintage would be well and truly over. Clearly, this is not yet the case. Several wineries have indicated they will be processing until mid-May!
These meetings will be important for winegrowers and winemakers alike. Topics will cover the proposed new Strategic Plan, the Vineyard Optimisation Project, Vintage Review and renewal of the Riverland Wine Industry Fund. There will be also be further focus on the link between the value of grapes (per tonne) and the value of wine (per litre) at the point of sale.
The region has good reason to be optimistic. Grapes and wine are on the way back. Citrus growers are felling very positive. Almond growers continue to smile. Fresh fruit growers are sitting on a gold mine and with recent opening rains the broadacre fraternity are rubbing their hands in anticipation.
Grapes and wine continue as the single most significant wealth generator in the region despite the recent decade of challenges. To build confidence and momentum it’s essential to spread the word and, listen to new ideas. One of the topics for discussion will be the notion of ‘transition’ at enterprise level. Every business must be in transition to a different future, no matter the size of the enterprise.
Despite the late vintage close, it’s important to attend at least one of the meetings beginning in Waikerie on Tuesday, May 16 and concluding in Loxton on Friday, May 26. Letters will be going to all members with details and there will be plenty of coverage in the newspapers so don’t miss your chance to be involved and to have your say.