1. New restrictions on diuron use as of 28 November 2011

New restrictions have been announced on the use of diuron in a range of situations. The restrictions have been put in place as a result of interim suspension action taken by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to protect waterways from the risk of diuron runoff. Diuron cannot be used at all on tropical crops until 31 March 2012, with additional restrictions outside this period, but can continue to be used on a range of other crops and some industrial situations subject to additional restrictions. For more information visit: http://www.apvma.gov.au/products/review/current/diuron.php

2. Tearing your hair out over botrytis? Help is at hand

GWRDC has published a simple fact sheet on pre-harvest botrytis management including factors that promote pre-harvest botrytis, options for harvest and guidelines for fungicide application. The fact sheet can be downloaded from the GWRDC website: www.gwrdc.com.au/goto/Preharvest_botrytis

3. Managing Vines During Heatwaves – hot off the press!

GWRDC has also just completed a very important factsheet on “Managing Grapevines During Heatwaves”, containing information on monitoring weather patterns and practical management strategies for managing vines through the kind of heatwave conditions we have come to expect during January and February. This can be downloaded from their website: http://www.gwrdc.com.au/site/page.cfm?u=12&cid=2600&t=content

4. Something different to drink? Alternative variety wines available from Riverland Vine Improvement

The Riverland Vine Improvement Committee has wines for sale from the 2010 and 2011 vintage including varieties such as Durif, LaGrein, Fiano and Petit Manseng – all $15 per bottle or $80 for a carton of six (can be mixed). Contact 85835366 or [email protected] for an order form.

5. Better information available on irrigators’ termination fee rights and obligations

The ACCC has issued a revised guide which aims to better inform irrigators and irrigation infrastructure operators about their termination fee rights and obligations. It also provides details on how to calculate the total network access charge, which is a key concept in determining the maximum permissible termination fee.

The revised publication A guide to the water charge (termination fees) rules is available on the ACCC’s website: http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/878717.

Comments on the publication or inquiries about the rules can be directed to [email protected] or by calling the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502.

6. Controversial Australian book inducted into international Hall of Fame

Written by leading Australian agricultural scientist John Gladstones – Wine, Terroir and Climate Change is the successor to the classic viticultural text Viticulture and Environment. It presents carefully researched but controversial conclusions that challenge mainstream opinions about the future interaction between climate, climate change and viticulture. The book has become the first to receive the honour of being inducted into the Gourmand Wine Books Hall of Fame. The book is published by Wakefield Press: www.wakefieldpress.com.au

7. Check out China at the Shanghai International Wine Expo

The 8th Shanghai International Wine & Spirits Exhibition will be held at INTEX Shanghai, on 3-5 May 2012. Exhibitors are invited from a number of wine producing countries including Australia and all our major competitors. Booths cost $4800 US for a standard 3m x 3m booth. Events will include a conference on Chinese and overseas wine market trends, a wine quality competition, new products launch and tasting and many others. For more information contact: [email protected]

Note: WGGA does not endorse events – we merely provide the information for your interest. 


If you have any questions regarding the above please feel free to contact:

Lawrie Stanford | Executive Director E: [email protected] or

Kelly Bonser | Office Administrator E: [email protected]