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Grapegrower & Winemaker May issue out now

Shortly before the May issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker went to press, the WFA board released its stance on the options brought forward by the NOS Taskforce. The WFA board voted unanimously that the best structure for the wine industry was to adopt the stance taken by other sectors, including beef, dairy, wool and horticulture, and adopt an Industry owned Services Body (ISB) as its preferred structure.

The WGGA chief, Mark McKenzie, told Grapegrower & Winemaker in our special coverage of the NOS Review, that the peak growers’ group is not yet convinced the case has fully been made for an ISB. John Harvey of the GWRDC was more positive but believes there remains a business case to be made to ensure structural change is worth the expense and effort.

While our peak bodies were engaged in such brainstorming, growers and winemakers were very much involved in the nitty gritty of locking away vintage 2008. Growers can read our post-harvest special for practical tips about maximising vine reserves and winemakers will be interested in Greg Howell’s article highlighting just a few of the most-common problems he encountered during vintage at his Vintessential Laboratories in Victoria and Western Australia. You will never imagine the problems a humble pH electrode can cause!

Wrapping up a bumper issue, Jeni Port talks with Ron Collins of Blaxland Vineyards who says big wine companies are shifting away from developing their own vineyards… and this represents opportunity for independent growers. Plus we talk about the problems wine industry employers are encountering as the mining boom lures workers, and Mondo Search’s Warrick Duthy has some suggestions to help employers fight back.

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