Sheds and dates for the November round of members’ meetings have been finalised. Note: there are some variations on earlier announcements.
- Wednesday, November 22, Loxton – Sherwood Estates, Bookpurnong Road
- Tuesday, November 28, Renmark – Steven Ludas, Ral Ral Avenue
- Wednesday, November 29, Berri – CCW Headquarters, Battams Road
- Thursday, November 30, Waikerie – Anthony Fulwood 390 Virgo Road
All meetings will commence at 3:30pm. Members are invited to linger longer for a gourmet barbecue with local wines. Local butchers will be encouraged to put their best meat forward.
Don’t Leave Yourself Behind
Key agenda topics will include:
- Market update and outlook
Members will see a quick snapshot of the Riverland indicators, illustrating key performance measures and some comparisons with other regions. Once again Jim Caddy will present charts and graphs highlighting volumes and values of Australian and competitor countries export wines.
- Guided preview – 2018 Indicative Prices
At the 2017 pre-vintage meetings growers were invited to reflect on market signals, preferred varieties, winery relationships and climatic influencers as part of an exercise to estimate vintage indicative prices. As it turned out these estimates were realistic and in most cases very close to the mark. Growers appreciated the opportunity to work through the exercise. This process will be a feature of the shed meetings so start your thinking now and see how your estimates compare with others.
- Social media presentation
Guest presenter Lynda Schenk will illustrate how Riverland Wine is building profile and raising awareness of our people, our wines and events in and around the region. Lynda will explain the importance of being actively engaged in social media, how to participate without being overwhelmed and how social media can benefit your business.
- Are you mentally fit
As the industry braces itself for the new era of grape and wine competitiveness and prosperity it’s important to gauge our mental fitness and to be aware of the risk of around masking anxiety. Roger Fielke one of the region’s best known motivators will engage members in some mental gymnastics to encourage high levels of awareness and confidence. Without dwelling on the negatives Roger will highlight the opportunities for all those struggling anxiety and perhaps depression. Help is available in many forms. Sometimes it requires a little courage to explore feelings and develop simple activities and perhaps set some achievable goals.
The Brown Bag Exercise
As a lead-in to the barbecue, each member will receive a tasting sheet and five (modest measures) red wines to sample. Local winemakers will provide some assistance in terms of assessing each of the wines and members will be encouraged to record several key descriptors for each of the wines and indicate whether they would purchase any of the wines and if so, at what price point. The purpose of the brown bags is to keep the variety, brand, vintage and region secret. Following the meetings the responses will be tabulated and the wines will be ranked and revealed in the column.
Note: members will be reminded of their obligations around responsible consumption of alcohol.
Hopefully this agenda will provide variety, interest, challenge, wine, food and fun for everyone. Detailed invitations will be posted to all members next week, information on how to register will be included. It will be necessary to register to ensure we cater for everyone attending. These meetings are not just for men – wives and partners will be most welcome.