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WGCSA Update

With vintage well underway we’re seeing the realities of the surplus becoming evident. 

So far, reports on vintage have been somewhat expected, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are in surplus, crop levels generally down and vintage is stretching out longer than initially expected.  Growers are certainly hoping for clear weather over the coming weeks.

Results from our pre-vintage grower survey confirmed many of the things we were hearing.  A key finding document was forwarded to survey participants and the government earlier this week and is now available here.

Although we’re well into vintage please remember to be safe on the roads during harvest.   Grape spillages continue to be reported in several regions and we know authorities are increasingly concerned and closely watching our Industry.

Thanks to everyone who has forwarded your photos to our vintage competition, please keep them coming while you’re out harvesting, we love seeing them.

Finally, I’m pleased to welcome a new state government under Premier Peter Malinauskas and new Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development and Minister for Forest Industries. Hon Clare Scriven MLC.  I’m very much looking forward to working with Minister Scriven on your behalf.

For now, stay safe and all the best for the remainder of Vintage 22.

Lisa Bennier

In this issue

2022 Harvest Photo Competition

Don't forget to submit your photos to our 2022 Harvest Photo Competition!

Thanks to Hayley in the Riverland for this cracker shot!

Email your photos to

2022 Pre-Vintage Survey - The findings

In January 2022 a pre-vintage survey was conducted with South Australian grape growers to get a better understanding of their concerns.

The survey comprised of 18 questions dealing with issues ranging from vineyard holdings, contracts and anticipated sales to expected movements in price, financial difficulties, and impact on their personal health and wellbeing.

Read the report on the key findings by clicking the button below.  
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Managing risk in the vineyard this vintage

Vineyard owners and managers are encouraged to be prepared for the hazards that workers will face during this vintage period.

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) has put together a handy reference guide for WGCSA members. Click the button below to download. 
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Project to improve safety in agricultural vehicles

Representatives from primary production (including our very own Sami Gilligan), machinery retail, logistics and government have come together as part of a new project led by Grain Producers SA with the united goal of improving road safety and making compliance easier for primary producers.

The Moving Ag Machinery … Made Easy! project will gather feedback from across the commodity spectrum to help inform improvements, training and resources aimed at primary producers who access the NHVR Portal for permits.

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Meet your transport obligations this harvest

Grapes have the potential to make roads very slippery and can cause road accidents due to loss of traction or swerving to avoid the spill. It’s important to note, transport operators can be found at fault if an unrestrained load causes an incident, even if your vehicle has long left the scene of the accident. 

The high viscosity of machine-harvested grapes can be challenging to contain if not managed properly.  Never overfill grape bins and if you have a new driver or transporter not familiar with grapes have a chat with them about grape movement and tips to avoiding spillages.  We know roundabouts and corners are particularly prone to spills that could be easily avoided by just going a little bit slower. 

We’re lucky in our Industry to have fantastic transport operators who work tirelessly during vintage and never spill a grape.  Make sure you don’t put them under any unnecessary pressure by knowing your obligations under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws.

For more information regarding proper load restraints or your obligations, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is a great resource  You can visit their website here

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Order your delivery despatch books now!

Growers can now buy their own delivery docket books – saving costs, reducing mistakes and improving record-keeping and communication between growers, wineries and transporters.

The national standardised delivery dockets were developed by WGCSA, in response to grower requests for a convenient option that can be used when wineries don’t supply their own form.

It complies with transport, quarantine and label integrity legislation. The dockets are available from WGCSA and cost $15 (including postage) per book of 25 forms in triplicate.

​Order now clicking the button below.

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Meet the EcoGrower - Dru Reschke

Learn how a lack of resilience in the vineyard and death of some vines set Dru Reschke on a path to improve his vineyard. 
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18th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) to be held in Adelaide

Australia’s premier wine industry events, the 18th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) and WineTech 2022; and will be held in-person at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 26 to 29 June 2022.  

Registrations are open!
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Click the button below to read the latest AGW newsletter. If your principal business is grape growing and you would like to receive the newsletter directly and vote at general meetings, send an email to

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