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News posted on Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Grapegrower recounts Yarra Valley fire
Yarra Valley grapegrower Andrew McIntosh has described the fires that have burned and continue to threaten the Yarra Valley as “devastating” and “incomprehensible”.

Fire damage still rising in Yarra Valley
Wineries and vineyard managers are still assessing damage from the bushfires that pillaged Victoria over the weekend and continue to burn across parts of the State.

Bushfire victims to benefit from Rochford Wine’s musical event in March
Rochford Wines and Music Theatre Australia have announced plans to help raise funds for victims of this week’s tragic Victorian bushfires, through the forthcoming concert event, Opera Under the Stars, to be held on Saturday, March 7 at Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley.

Extensive heat damage to bring supply sharply back into balance
The heatwave conditions experienced across south-eastern Australia in the last week of January and first week of February has caused significant crop reductions in South Australia, Victoria and southern New South Wales, Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) has revealed.

Winetitles' Victoria-based publisher speaks of ongoing concern for those affected by fires
With offices in some of the areas touched by Victoria's bushfire, publisher Hartley Higgins of the Provincial Press Group, incorporating Winetitles, reports from Melbourne today that the major ongoing concern for locals in the fire affected areas is the wind strength and direction.

Bushfire update from Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander

Seminar - Nursery Accreditation for the Australian wine industry
Paul Wright and Andy Gordon from the Vine Industry Nursery Association will be visiting the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday February 18 at 2pm to conduct a seminar titled ‘Nursery Accreditation for the Australian wine industry'.

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