1.     Have your say on the proposed merger of GWRDC & Wine Australia

In mid-April, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia circulated to growers a proposal for the merger of the two national service bodies: the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) and Wine Australia Corporation (WAC).  If you have not received the proposal, please contact the WGGA office or visit our website (www.wgga.com.au) to download a copy.

WFA and WGGA are seeking your written feedback on this proposal by Saturday 14 July 2012.  Comments will be collated and included in a formal recommendation to be made to the Minister on 31 July 2012.  Importantly, the Minister needs to be clear about industry (your) desire for this proposal to proceed.

If you are interested in participating in a face-to-face consultation on the topic please refer to the meeting schedule below.  If this schedule doesn’t meet your needs please let us know.

Date Region Location Time
17 May Hobart Meadowbank Estate, Cambridge 10:30am – 11:00am
21 May Hunter Valley Tuscany Wine Estate, Pokolbin 10:00am – 12:00pm
22 May Melbourne Wine Victoria, Port Melbourne 11:00am – 12:30pm
22 May South Burnett TBA TBA
23 May Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association, Red Hill South 10:00am – 11:00am
23 May Granite Belt Queensland College of Wine Tourism, Stanthorpe 11:00am – 12:30pm
25 May Adelaide National Wine Centre, Adelaide 02:00pm – 03:30pm
29 May Margaret River Margaret River Wine Association,Margaret River 10:00am
30 May Perth Wine Industry Association of WA,Claremont 10:00am
04 June Riverland Loxton Research Centre, Loxton 03:30pm
05 June Mildura The Setts Function Centre, Mildura 03:00pm
07 June Riverina/Griffith Wine and Food Technology Centre (Riverina TAFE), Griffith 09:00am – 10:00am
14 June Barossa Valley Vine Inn, Tanunda 10:00am – 11:00am
14 June McLaren Vale Seaford Hotel, Seaford 02:00pm – 3:00pm
15 June Coonawarra Chardonnay Lodge Resort, Coonawarra 09:30am – 10:30am
26 June WGCSA Board National Wine Centre, Adelaide 12:30pm


For a copy of the proposal and the meeting schedule please visit the following link on the WGGA website: http://www.wgga.com.au/news/proposed-merger-of-wac-and-gwrdc.

To submit a formal response, or for any enquiries, please contact WGGA Executive Director Lawrie Stanford on (08) 8133 4401 or [email protected].


2.     MIA Vine Improvement Society’s 2012 cutting season

The MIA Vine Improvement Society (MIAVIS) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Yenda NSW, and is seeking to supply grape growers and nurseries with grapevine, prune/plum and cherry propagation material. 

Their material is sourced from accredited local plantings, which have undergone inspections on various levels, including a virus testing program.

If you are interested in MIAVIS stock lists, pricing information and order forms, contact the Chairman
Leo Depaoli on 0429 318 397 or email [email protected].  Alternatively, email the WGGA office at [email protected].


3.     What happens out there with winegrape quality measurement?

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), the National Measurement Institute (NMI) and Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) invite you to complete a survey on measurements of winegrape quality.  The aim of this survey is to better understand the processes involved and how quality measures are made.  Responses will help identify the quality parameters that are currently measured, how satisfactory they are for growers and purchasers and therefore, those that are a priority for improving and the methodology currently in use. 

The results will be used to determine potential gaps in knowledge, optimising the existing suite of analytical tools and highlight processes that can be further improved.

To participate in this survey please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Winegrape_quality.

 If you have any queries about completing the survey, contact Con Simos at AWRI on 0448 889 432 or [email protected].  Responses are due by Thursday 31 May 2012.


4.     New!  Australian Grape & Wine Events Calendar – coordinate your events with other industry events

The Australian Wine and Research Institute (AWRI) have recently launched the Australian Grape and Wine Events Calendar on the behalf of industry. 

This online facility is designed to advise of industry extension events so organisers of like events can coordinate with other extension activities – by working in conjunction with them or avoiding clashes.

We encourage you to visit the website at www.grapeandwineevents.com.au to view what events are being scheduled in your region, as well as finding the events that cater to your interest.


 5.     Commonwealth funding available for groups to improve on-farm irrigation efficiency 

Round Three of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is now open, with up to $100 million funding available.

The On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program assists in bridging the gap between existing diversion limits and future sustainable diversion limits in the southern Murray-Darling Basin river catchments.

Competitive bids are invited from organisations having close relationships with irrigator communities, such as irrigation infrastructure operators, catchment management authorities, commodity or agricultural industry groups, and regional irrigation bodies.

For more information about the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program, visit the program website at http://www.environment.gov.au/water/policy-programs/srwui/irrigation-efficiency/index.html or call
1800 218 478.  Applications close on Thursday 26 July 2012.


6.     Murray-Darling Basin Authority seeks your thoughts for improving their online communications

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is in the process of re-developing their website to improve its online communications. 

The MDBA invites you to participate in an online survey to provide feedback on your experience of their website and ideas about how to improve it.  Through this feedback, they aim to better meet your information needs and expectations.

The survey can be accessed via the MDBA website (www.mdba.gov.au) or by following this link: http://iquestion.completemr.com/Q904457/.

The online survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete and all information provided will remain strictly confidential.


7.     Tasmanian Wine Industry identified as an investment opportunity

The Tasmanian Government’s Economic Development Plan identifies the Tasmanian Wine Industry as having strong potential for expansion. 

If you have an interest in this, a strategic business solutions firm, Wine IP, has developed an investor guide.  Electronic copies can be obtained by emailing Wine IP and hard copies of the guide will be available from
24 May 2012

This advice from us comes in the simple form of information and any further enquiries should be directed to
Sue Henderson on 0408 262 943 or [email protected].


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

Lawrie Stanford | Executive Director       E: [email protected]  or
Kelly Bonser       | Office Administrator   E: [email protected]