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20/05/2015

First joint forum for wine grape growers

In a first for the region’s winegrape growers, Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW) has teamed with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) to present an information forum on June 11.

AWRI speakers will fill the morning session with presentations on issues affecting vineyard management and grape quality. MVW takes over for the afternoon program, focusing on topics that will give growers further insights into future prospects.

“With this year’s vintage delivering some of the lowest average prices in 10 years, growers who want a future in the industry are desperate for information that helps in their decision-making,” Mike Stone, MVW executive officer, said.

“The majority of the wine made from grapes in the Murray-Darling and Swan Hill regions is exported, and for this reason it’s important for growers to get the latest intelligence on overseas markets, export performance and the increasingly important bulk wine trade.”

Senator Anne Ruston will also take the stand to speak about her involvement in the recently announced Senate inquiry into the state of the Australian grape and wine industry. Other speakers include Mark Rowley, Wine Australia senior analyst; Stuart Barclay, Wine Australia general manager market development and Simone George, wine broker with Ciatti Australia.

The June 11 event will be held at DEPI Irymple, on the corner of 11th Street and Koorlong Avenue. Programs have been sent to all growers on the MVW database, with a request that attendance be confirmed by June 9.

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