Key viticultural information available for winegrape businesses

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Key viticultural information available for winegrape businesses

The Wine Australia-funded Vineyards Census 2014–15, released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, provides key insights into grape varieties, yields and water use in each of Australia’s 65 wine regions.
‘The importance of timely and accurate information to support informed decision making by grapegrowers and winemakers is a key plank of our Strategic Plan’, said Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark.
‘Winegrape businesses will be able to use the information from the Vineyards Census to better understand their business in relation to their region and other regions around the country’, he said.
The Vineyards Census shows that there has been a decline in vineyard plantings of 13,375 hectares over the three years since the last survey in 2012.
The mix of winegrapes grown has also changed. Red winegrape varieties now make up 64 per cent of the vineyard plantings (86,647 hectares) compared with 62 per cent in 2012.
The most planted red varieties are: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Grenache.
The most planted white varieties are: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Warm inland regions

Yields have increased in the warm inland regions of the Riverland, Riverina and Murray Darling/Swan Hill. In Riverina, yields have increased by 32 per cent compared with 2012.
However, there has been an overall decline in plantings of 4,521 hectares. The greatest decline in each of the three regions was plantings of Chardonnay.
In the Riverland, increasing yields have not resulted in a significant change in winemaking grape tonnes produced compared with 2012 because of the decline in plantings.
In Murray Darling/Swan Hill, plantings of Shiraz increased by 1 per cent and Semillon increased by 10 per cent, compared with 2012. 

Cool and temperate regions

Overall, yields have marginally decreased in the cool and temperate regions of Australia. Of the 10 largest regions, 2 had an increase in yield compared with 2012, with Coonawarra up 2 per cent and Adelaide Hills up 44 per cent.
There is not a uniform movement in plantings in the cool and temperate regions. Overall, the number of hectares has declined by 11 per cent. In Tasmania, plantings have grown by 14 per cent to 1,505 hectares since 2012.
In Langhorne Creek, plantings increased by 6 per cent to 5,368 hectares, with an increase in Shiraz of 12 per cent and an increase in Cabernet Sauvignon of 14 per cent since 2012. There has also been a small increase in plantings of Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc in Langhorne Creek.

In McLaren Vale, there was growth in less common varieties such as Grenache, Mataro and Tempranillo and plantings of Shiraz also increased by 1 per cent.

The Vineyard Census 2014–15 is available at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/1329.0.55.002?OpenDocument.

WFA Submission to WET Rebate Discussion Paper

WFA Submission to WET Rebate Discussion Paper

Dear Members of Industry,

A submission to the Federal Government’s review of the WET rebate has now been lodged by industry’s two peak associations, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia. We are urging government to take action to work hand- in-glove with us and help lift the profitability of this important industry.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON INDUSTRY REPRESENTATION

HAVE YOUR SAY ON INDUSTRY REPRESENTATION
Grower and Winemaker survey

Dear Industry Colleague,

At the end of August, a wine industry leaders' meeting 'Grape and Wine 2015 - A Focus for Action' will be held in Adelaide. 

It will have two objectives: 
• the first to agree on the 2 or 3 key issues to accelerate return to profitability and which will be advanced with united industry support from representative bodies; and 
• secondly to achieve agreement or a process to reach agreement on an optimal future representative industry structure that presents a united industry voice on key issues, and maximises industry’s resources and influence, and at the same time values state and regional representation.

A small group of national and state industry leaders has been working on the concept and details of the leaders’ meeting since late 2014 following agreement that a more united approach is required to effectively work through the industry’s challenges and opportunities. 

Intuitive Solutions has been engaged to undertake some work in advance of this industry meeting. 

About the Survey:
• This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
• Survey close date: 19 August 2015
 Click here to start the survey.

Note: If you have difficulty with the link above, please copy the URL shown below and paste it into your browser:
http://surveys.intuitivesolutions.com.au/s3/GrapeAndWine15

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Mitch from Intuitive Solutions at mmunro@intuitivesolutions.com.au

Wine Industry Leaders’ Meeting – Grape and Wine 2015 - A Focus for Action

Statement to Members and Industry Stakeholders

Wine Industry Leaders’ Meeting – Grape and Wine 2015 - A Focus for Action

 A wine industry leaders’ meeting ‘Grape and Wine 2015, A Focus for Action’ will be held in August. 

The leaders’ meeting will have two objectives:

  • The first is to agree on the 2 or 3 key issues to accelerate return to profitability and which will be advanced with united industry support from representative bodies.
  • The second objective of the leaders’ meeting is to achieve agreement or a process to reach agreement on an optimal future representative industry structure that presents a united industry voice on key issues and maximises industry’s resources and influence and at the same time values state and regional representation.

Wines of WA will facilitate participation by WA in the meeting through engagement with producers and Regional Associations.

A small group of national and state industry leaders have been working on the concept and details of the leaders’ meeting since late 2014 following agreement that a more united approach is required to effectively work through the industry’s challenges and opportunities.

Grape & Wine 2015 will be held in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre and attended by approximately 40 national, state and nominated regional industry organisations to enable open discussion and achieve meaningful outcomes. In the selection of representatives an emphasis will be placed on diversity and the next generation of leaders of the industry. To ensure engagement with the whole industry, an industry survey will be conducted prior to the Summit in addition to engagement with regional associations and their members via the State Wine Associations.

An independent consultant will help facilitate the Grape & Wine 2015 and undertake important pre-work in identifying the key issues facing industry and what can be done to improve alignment and collaboration across the industry bodies on behalf of levy payers and members.

An expected outcome from the Summit will be agreement on what organisation reform is required to achieve a more united and effective industry voice and what interim arrangements can be put in place to progress the key issues in front of industry.

The need for a Summit is also supported by the South Australian Wine Industry Association, Wine Tasmania, Wine Victoria, New South Wales Wine Association and the Queensland Wine Industry Association. Growers groups are also supporting the initiative including Wine Grape Growers Australia, Murray Valley Winegrowers, the Wine Grapes Marketing Board, the Riverland Wine Industry Development Council, the Wine Grape Council of South Australia, and the Winemakers Federation of Australia.

Wines of WA will provide further information shortly to ensure all WA producers and their Regional Associations are given every opportunity to contribute to the process.