1. Winefacts Access for Growers – a first!

The Wine Australia online statistics resource Winefacts, offers a comprehensive range of statistics, data, analysis and insights to assist business decision making within the Australian wine sector, in addition to providing access to global wine sector intelligence.

To access this information, users need to “sign-in” via the following website:  http://www.wineaustralia.com/en/Winefacts%20Landing.aspx and search via the “Search Winefacts” or “Browse Winefacts Categories” tools on the left hand screen.

While individuals can sign up and access some free products, growers have the ability to access ALL information by contacting WGGA to arrange an individual login.  Access is free and unencumbered with this login.

To arrange a login contact Nikki or Kelly on (08) 8133 4400 or email [email protected] – alternatively a Winefacts Registration Form can be downloaded from our website.


2. Summary from the WGGA Executive Committee meeting on 7 November 2012

The last WGGA Executive Committee meeting was held on 7 November 2012 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The major topics addressed at this meeting included:

  • Presentation by AWRI Managing Director on AWRI’s activities in 2011-12 as well as an update on the AWRI five-year research plan, on which WGGA will be providing feedback.
  • The need to have a dialogue with the WFA on current moves to rationalise industry committees in the light of reduced funding as the industry downsizes.
  • Review of WGGA decision-making processes and approval for several new initiatives, including forming a sub-committee of larger-operation growers and other working groups.
  • Approval of a WGGA policy statement on Objective Measures.
  • The Minister’s Rural R&D Policy – largely viewed as positive but some concern expressed about a potential distancing of industry from the process of appointing RDC Boards.
  • Results from WGCSA review and a downward revision of WGCSA funding of WGGA.
  • Approval for deployment of VineBiz through teaching establishments and the regions.
  • Discussion of feedback from the Australian Wine Regions Forum, held prior to the Wine Industry Outlook, on membership organisation reform.
  • Other updates to the Committee included: Restructuring industry biosecurity arrangements; Proposals for maintaining industry foundation data collections; Preparation of a WGGA Wine Tax Policy; Outcomes from the first WGGA/WFA Joint Policy Forum; and a viticulture qualifications initiative WGGA is involved in.

For more information visit our website at www.wgga.com.au, contact our office on (08) 8133 4400 or speak to your Zone Representative.  Take the opportunity also to let your representative know what you would like WGGA to address.  Contact information for the representatives follows –

WGGA Zone Representative   Email
Murray Valley Dennis Mills [email protected]
Greater Victoria / Tasmania Kym Ludvigsen [email protected]
South Australia (1) Simon Berry [email protected]
South Australia (2) Vic Patrick [email protected]
Riverland Andrew Weeks [email protected]
New South Wales / Riverina Robert Bellato [email protected]
New South Wales / QLD Justin Jarrett [email protected]
Western Australia Kerry Smart [email protected]


3. Summary from the WGGA 2012 Annual General Meeting

The fourth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of WGGA was held on 8 November 2012 in Adelaide, South Australia.  We had a good turnout, with more members and guests present than the previous year.

The main points of interest from this meeting included:

  • Reappointment of the following representatives to the WGGA Executive Committee: Simon Berry – representative for South Australia; Kym Ludvigsen – representative for Greater Victoria / Tasmania; and Justin Jarrett – representative for New South Wales / Queensland.
  • Reengagement of the Riverland Winegrape Growers Association and subsequent appointment of Andrew Weeks as representation for the Riverland on the Executive Committee.
  • Approval for the following changes to the WGGA Constitution: Remove all reference to the Interim Period arrangements; Replace all reference of ‘convening bodies’ to ‘representative bodies’; The appointment of a Treasurer be optional; Change the notice of general meeting period from 2 months to 1 month; and Various items reworded for clarity in reading and meaning.
  • A proposal to provide separate representation for both Tasmania and Queensland on the Executive Committee was rejected because of general agreement that the timing was not right.
  • A minimum general membership fee of $50 was approved for 2013-14 onwards.

We would like to thank those who attended, especially those who travelled – your continued support is greatly appreciated.


4. WGGA Office Arrangements over the Christmas Period

The WGGA Office will be closed for one week over Christmas:

Monday 24/12/12 – Friday 28/12/12

Lawrie Stanford is also taking some well-deserved holidays over this period to venture into South America!  His last day in the office will be Friday 14 December 2012 and he will return on Monday 14 January 2013.

Please direct any enquiries during this time to Kelly or Nikki on (08) 8133 4400 or [email protected].


5. National Grape Grower Survey Deadline Extended to 10 December 2012

There is still time to include your vineyard in the National Grapegrower Survey, with the deadline now being extended until 10 December 2012.

This initiative is being undertaken by Winetitles, and includes a free listing for participants in a “grower listings section” of the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Directory.

A survey to provide details for the Directory listing is easy and can be completed in the following ways:

  • Online at http://www.winetitles.com.au/wid/new
  • Hard copy form that can be faxed or posted directly to Winetitles
    (see attached)
  • Telephone by calling Kate Dawson at Winetitles on (08) 8369 9521

Survey responses are required by Monday 10 December 2012.


6. Update on establishment of Local Land Services in NSW

Our last e-Alert advised of the NSW government’s intention to create Local Land Services to provide a consolidated agricultural service to farmers and landowners in NSW.

The Stakeholder Reference Panel, the independent body guiding the development of the new department, seeks feedback with some of the issues to be discussed including:

  • Regional boundaries for the new organisation
  • A consultation schedule for early next year which is posted on the internet
  • Upcoming topics that include governance structures, funding frameworks and core functions.

Visit http://haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/locallandservices to have your say – be quick!


7. Outcomes from the Diuron Review

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) announced on 28 November 2012 the outcomes of its review of diuron.  The review has affirmed the registration of most diuron products, but with significant changes to their conditions of use.

To view the lists of supported uses, uses not supported, and amended label instructions please visit



8. Launch of ‘The Margaret River Report’ in 2013

The Margaret River Wine Industry Association recently announced the launch of a new initiative in 2013 – ‘The Margaret River Report’.  This report will be developed by renowned and influential wine journalist CH’NG Poh Tiong.

‘The Margaret River Report’ will promote Margaret River wines through Poh Tiong’s annual magazine Chinese Bordeaux Guide, in an annual newsletter and as an editorial in the annual magazine Chinese Cuisine and Wine.

Check it out through the Margaret River Wine Industry Association on (08) 9757 9330 or their website at http://www.margaretriverwine.org.au/