Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) is the peak industry body representing the interests of wine growers in relation to federal issues with a genuine commitment to seeing the industry prosper. It’s an incorporated association, accountable to its members through a representative board and an AGM. Riverland Wine growers are very capably represented by Andrew Weeks at the WGGA board table. Andrew has been appointed to a number of key WGGA working groups, most notably assisting in the development of national policies around Wine Tax policy and biosecurity. Other priorities include working to establish an MRL for phosphorous acid residues in China, demonstrating the benefits of objective measurement protocols and instruments for quality assessment of winegrapes and administering the Code of Conduct.
Funding is based on voluntary membership of individuals, or through state associations. The organisation also receives some project funding in the form of grants. All Riverland Wine growers are members through a funding agreement with the State Council. Nevertheless, WGGA is urging all Riverland Growers to register with the organisation at no cost to ensure that it can deliver direct membership benefits.
Go to the Membership Packages page and register to receive information direct. There are about 6,200 winegrape growers in Australia with approximately 145,000ha of vines planted; producing an annual farmgate value of $800 million with a retail value of wine produced from these grapes at approximately $6 billion. Get with the strength. Join the WGGA now.