About Riverland Wine

Riverland Wine is the face of the Riverland wine industry and proudly represents both South Australian Riverland winegrape growers and wineries. It is the union of the Riverland Winegrape Growers Association (RWGA) and the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council (RWIDC).

The Riverland wine region’s contribution and relevance to the Australian wine industry

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Our Committee

The Committee of Management of Riverland Wine

The Committee of Management of Riverland Wine

Our Vision

Riverland wines are recognised and enjoyed by consumers around the world.

Our Mission

To provide the coherent leadership, resources and coordination necessary to drive a profitable, dynamic and sustainable Riverland wine industry, for the benefit of members and the community.

Our Twelve Principles

Using these twelve principles Riverland Wine will achieve its mission:
Circular Economy; Collaboration; Cohesiveness; Financial Literacy; Active Participation; Competitiveness; Equity; Critical Judgement; Continuous Improvement; Inclusivity; Evidence Based Data.

The Four Pillars

Through these four pillars Riverland Wine will implement its vision: Influence Policy; Excellence in Operations; Building Brand Riverland; Building Knowledge.

The Virtuous Circle

This represents the five foundational themes of Riverland Wine’s Strategic Plan, supported by the Four Pillars, are: Leadership & Engagement; Research, Extension & Adoption; Competitiveness; Market Growth; Profitability & Sustainability.

Our Direction

To emerge from the past and move competitively and as leaders into a new wine era more streamlined, more productive, and more educated. For Riverland wine growers and wine makers to have access to, and embrace new technologies, new structures, new varieties and to actively engage in and influence today’s new wine environment, playing a part in solving the challenges of the time – water, profitability and sustainability.

Riverland by the numbers

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Our responsibilities

Riverland Wine is the largest wine region representative organisation in Australia. Riverland Winegrape Growers Association (RWGA) and the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council (RWIDC) are the two member based bodies that are represented by Riverland Wine. Recognising the common interests and objectives of Riverland wine growers and winemakers in the region, the two member based bodies Riverland Winegrape Growers Association (RWGA) and the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council (RWIDC) combined in 2010.

Now as a single entity, Riverland Wine’s primary interests and responsibilities are to:

  • Influence Government policy at a national, state and local level and to effect the outcomes to the benefit of the Riverland community, environment and economy
  • Seek to increase the financial success and competitiveness of the region
  • Engage the stakeholders within the community
  • Provide a collaborative approach to drive industry growth and best practice across product supply, production and regional business development
  • Work smarter – promote adaptability and regional innovation
  • Drive product consistency and delivery
  • Invest in the education and innovation of the member community and their practices, to increase sustainability
  • Promote brand Riverland so its appellation is desirable nationally and internationally
  • Look after the community, their health and well-being

Our Structure

Riverland Wine combines the strengths of the Riverland Winegrape Growers Association and the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council. The committees and sub-committees of Riverland Wine work together to ensure the region’s needs and priorities are appropriately considered and acted upon through the various industry organisations, and through strong advocacy to tiers of local, state and federal government. 

Direct links for representation from the regional body exist with the South Australian State (WGCSA) and Federal (WGGA) wine grape grower groups. In each case the Riverland Winegrape Growers Association nominates the committee member it wants to represent the Riverland’s interests on the respective organisation’s management committees. 

South Australian State (SAWIA) and Federal (WFA) winemaker organisations are membership based organisations that draw their management committees from their pool of members. In the case of the South Australian Wine Industry Association, Riverland Wine is asked to nominate a representative who is a member/contributor of both organisations. 

The Riverland Wine Organisation Chart does not represent a hierarchy but shows the avenues that Riverland Wine can take for interaction/advocacy at both State and Federal levels. 

Our Members

Riverland Wine has over 900 members and divides them into six different categories. These are detailed below.

Niche – an expanding group of producers with exceptional consumer appeal that supply high value grapes from both traditional and alternative varietals, old vines, and biodynamic vineyards.

Differentiated & Diversified – produce high value grapes as a part of a diversified income source that also includes off-farm income, tourism, horticulture, wine production and lessors of water.

Scale – Riverland has some of the world’s largest and most efficient vineyards using traditional and new business models.

Staying Small/Commodity – unable to achieve economies of scale as producers or with product differentiation and face the challenge of transforming their business.

Boutique – local and out of region wineries that are producing very high value differentiated wines with high efficiency production due to the region.

Publicly listed – large publicly owned wineries that achieve high efficiency production of the region. Global reach, long-term commitment.

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