So far the Shed meetings have been a great success with solid turnouts at Waikerie and Barmera.
The main focus has been on the Riverland’s relatively strong performance in the ‘structural adjustment’ stakes, and examining the policy areas where we must focus to return the Riverland wine industry performance to its former powerhouse status when the region was extremely competitive and profitable.
Andrew Weeks unveiled several new tools under the banner of ‘Low Impact Viticulture’. These are presently being road-tested to iron our wrinkles before being released on Riverland Wine’s website.
Unquestionably, the ‘top of mind’ issues for all who have attended has been price. The silver bullet has not yet been found. However, the work being done to raise this region’s profile as a major contributor, not just on the supply side, but also in the areas of policy formulation and marketing of Riverland wines is gaining the attention of other industry bodies and politicians.