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Growers sell most of their grapes

Vignerons in the King and Alpine Valleys have been buoyed by the success of the newly formed North East Valleys Wine Growers, which has sold as much as 95% of grapes from participating wineries.

The NEVWG was granted a licence by the Australian Taxation Office for the 2008 vintage which allows it to collectively sell grapes on behalf of vignerons in the King and Alpine Valleys.

Group spokesman, Michael Freudenstein said the collective selling arrangement had lifted a huge burden from growers and giving wineries a one stop shop.

“It means the wineries don’t have to deal with individual growers and growers don’t have to do any negotiating,” Freudenstein said.

And while official prices for the 2008 vintage for King and Alpine Valley growers are yet to be released, Freudenstein said prices were up in most varieties.

“Growers have certainly received more than they did over the last few years,” he said, adding that Chardonnay and Merlot prices had come down slightly.

North East Newspapers June 5 2008

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