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  • ‘The Road to China’ – special one-off webcast
  • Managing grapevines during heatwaves & in the event, fires
  • National School Wine Competition 2015
  • Are you eligible for cash refunds for money spent improving your business?
  • Come and visit WGGA at WineTech 2015!
  • Victorian farmers wanted for study on bird damage and deterrents

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‘The Road to China’ – special one-off webcast

The Wine Communicators of Australia have teamed up with the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) for a one-off special webcast to discuss ‘The Road to China’.

The interactive Q&A session will explore the long-term brand building opportunities within the China market, asking “what does it look like and what are the risks”?

The webinar is being held on Tuesday 3 February at 1:00pm (AEDT).  The session is free for Australian grape wine levy payers and $55 for all others.

To learn more visit the Wine Communicators of Australia’s website.

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Managing grapevines during heatwaves and in the event, fires

The following resources may be of interest to growers this harvest:

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National School Wine Competition 2015

The Royal Adelaide Show, in affiliation with the University of Adelaide and Tafe SA, have established an annual competition and educational workshop for schools that make wine.  It is designed to promote the vocations of viticulture and winemaking as well as enabling school’s wines to be judged by a professional judging panel.

The program will comprise hands on workshops covering various topics related to grape growing and winemaking, followed by a presentation detailing the Royal Adelaide Wine Show judging process.

Entries from relevant schools close on Friday 22 May.

Contact Chalien Bayliss on (08) 8210 5251 or [email protected] to learn more.

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Are you eligible for cash refunds for money spent improving your business?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) R&D tax incentive provides a tax offset for eligible R&D activities and is designed to encourage businesses to engage in R&D.

Visit the ATO website to learn more about the program and your eligibility.

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Come and visit WGGA at WineTech 2015!

WineTech 2015 is being hosted by Wine Industry Suppliers Australia (WISA) and will run from 14-16 July at the Adelaide Showgrounds in South Australia.

WGGA will have a key presence in ‘The Hub’ – a designated area for visitors to come and speak to the national bodies on industry issues and organisational activities.

Take your chance to speak directly with members of our Executive about WGGA’s program and hear about special offers for our members in 2015-16.

Stay tuned for early WineTech registration incentives for growers!

Visit the WineTech website for further details.

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Victorian Farmers wanted for Study on Bird Damage and Deterrents

A group of young engineers are conducting a study which will explore the impact of bird damage and the effectiveness of bird control approaches in Victorian viticulture.

They are interested in the opinions of local growers to outline the challenges and difficulties associated with existing forms protecting grape crops from birds and how they affect grape production.

The final product (a video) will be streamed for public access via YouTube.

If you would like to participate or learn more please contact Cameron McNab on 0423 790 034 or [email protected]


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Toolpro is a supplier of horticultural and specialty tools and recently supplied many Hunter Valley contractors and growers with stainless steel grape snips for this year’s harvest.

Light Pruners 184mm

Business owner Don Madden commented “With the unseasonal wet weather which began just before the harvest, stainless steel snips will be a major benefit in the damp conditions.”  He added “We believe our product is superior and performs well in the field, often lessening the frustration contractors, growers and pickers alike feel with other products.”

The Toolpro product range can be viewed and purchased at www.toolpro.info


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