The Board responsible for protecting South Australian vineyards from pests and diseases since 1899, has unveiled a new name and identity. The Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia will now be known as Vinehealth Australia, thus marking an important milestone in its rich 115 year history.
The name change is part of the board’s five-year strategic plan to work and collaborate nationally to safeguard South Australia’s $1.79 billion wine industry from diseases, pests and other conditions that may affect vine health and, importantly, to help maintain South Australia’s phylloxera-free status.
Welcoming the announcement, Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell said the Board has had a proud history of protecting South Australia’s vineyards from pest and disease incursions for more than 115 years.
Riverland Wine EO Chris Byrne said “The board is to be congratulated on taking this initiative, not merely the name change but more so, asserting Vinehealth Australia as one of the Australian wine industries key assets, in the area of Biosecurity and vine health. Alan Nankivell and his team are steadily gaining recognition for the great work they’ve been doing well beyond the borders of SA; that’s all part of ensuring we remain phylloxera free and building positive relationships across industry.”
The new logo depicts the grapevine leaf as an iconic symbol of health and prosperity and colours reflecting each wine varietal across the seasons.
Further information on Vinehealth Australia and the services they offer is available on the website.