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SPOT THE LOCALS
The leading European drinks trade maga-
zine, The Drinks Business, recently published
a list of the 10 biggest global wine brands by
volume of sales.
Pleasingly four of the top 10 have solid
supply bases in the Riverland, Sunraysia and
It’s worth having a look to see where the
world’s most popular wines come from and
how many labels are easily recognisable.
Also, note the sales volumes mentioned. You
may be surprised at those on the list and per-
haps intrigued that some brands we might
think of most readily are NOT on the list.
Number 10 is Jacobs Creek, with its
home in the Barossa but plenty of its wine
supplied from inland Australian regions.
Lindeman’s is higher up the list at number
8 just behind Yellow Tail from the Riverina
at number 5, with the top rated Australian
brand coming in at number 4 being Hardy’s
– with its major supply base right here in
Others on the list include big name
brands like Gallo (number 1) Beringer,
Barefoot, Robert Mondavi and Sutter Home
from the USA. Chilean brand Concha y Toro
makes up the 10.
Interestingly there are no brands from
Italy, France or Spain and none from China.
No doubt some observers will remark
that of the brands listed, some are not
noted for their high end premium products.
That may be a point of conjecture but it’s
encouraging to see that much of what we
produce here in the inland regions is in such
demand on global markets.
Log on to http://www.thedrinksbusiness.
and follow the arrow to the right to read
more about these market leaders.
WGGA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA)
is the peak industry body representing the
interests of wine growers in relation to fed-
eral issues, with a genuine commitment to
seeing the industry prosper.
It’s an incorporated association,
accountable to its members through a rep-
resentative board and an AGM.
Riverland Wine growers are very capa-
bly represented by Andrew Weeks at the
WGGA board table. Andrew has been
appointed to a number of key WGGA work-
ing groups, most notably assisting in the
development of national policies around
wine tax policy and biosecurity. Other pri-
orities include working to establish an MRL
for phosphorous acid residues in China,
demonstrating the benefits of objective
measurement protocols and instruments
for quality assessment of winegrapes and
administering the code of conduct.
Funding is based on voluntary member-
ship of individuals, or through state associ-
ations. The organisation also receives some
project funding in the form of grants.
All Riverland Wine growers are mem-
bers through a funding agreement with
the State Council. Nevertheless, WGGA
is urging all Riverland growers to register
with the organisation at no cost to ensure
that it can deliver direct membership ben-
efits. Log on at www.wgga.com.au go to
the Membership Package and register to
receive information direct.
There are about 6200 winegrape
growers in Australia with approximately
145,000ha of vines planted. They produce
an annual farmgate value of $800 million
with a retail value of wine produced from
these grapes at approximately $6 billion.
Get with the strength. Join the WGGA
Last week the Japan-Australia Economic
Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) was signed
by Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Tony
From a regional perspective, the best
news is that the 15 per cent tariff on wine
imports to Japan will be abolished imme-
diately. The elimination of the tariff on
bottled product will be spread over seven
years, but its removal is a strong signal that
Japan is open for Australian wine business.
With Australian wine exports to Japan in
2013 valued at $42 million, the market is
not yet considered a major market but the
abolition of the tariff is very positive.
More than 97 per cent of Australia’s
exports to Japan will receive preferential
access or enter duty-free when JAEPA is fully
implemented, delivering significant ben-
efits to Australia’s farmers, manufacturers,
exporters, service providers and consumers.
Winemakers’ Federation of Australia
strategy and international affairs general
manager, Tony Battaglene, said the agree-
ment was good news for the Australian
“Resolving the trade agreement with
Japan is about developing export oppor-
tunities and giving wine a step-up in the
evolving Japanese market,” he said.
“ The Japanese market shows great
potential for Australia’s wine exports build-
ing on the positives from the Australia-
Korea Free Trade Agreement.”
A range of fact sheets have been pub-
lished and are available from the JAEPA
page on the Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade (DFAT) website (http://www.
UK SALES TO PICK UP
With the success of Australia’s major
brands in high volume international
markets, the JAEPA agreement and the
renewed focus on Australian Exports
through the merger of the two former
industry corporations (GWRDC and Wine
Australia) into the Australian Grape and
Wine Authority, there are positive signs for
Riverland Wine growers and wine makers.
Add to that the recent report from
Harpers.co.uk that the UK wine market is
expected to grow 6.1 per cent by 2018 and
there’s good reason to be optimistic for
this region’s wine producers.
The report says that “Australian were
most favoured by consumers in 2013 with
18.7 per cent of British adults saying they
had purchased Australian wine”. French
wines were rated second at 13.7 per cent.
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July Season update
Export Outturn – Decay
This season many orchards are
experiencing fallen fruit caught rotting
in the canopy or falling to the ground
Poor orchard hygiene has the
potential to create significant out-
turn and fungicide resistance issues
as mould spores inoculum loads have
Mould spores generally need an
injury site to infect. Due to the high
number of spoliated mouldy fruit on
the orchard floor this season, control
measures need to be taken to protect
sound fruit that could be compromised
by increased spore loads on decayed
fruit. This will also help reduce spread-
ing the infection into the packing
houses. Timing is critical.
Orchard measures to be taken
q Remove and dispose of fallen
fruit from orchard floor.
q Ensure rind damaged/rotten
fruit is not harvested into bins.
q Keep picking gloves, bags and
bins clean and sanitised daily.
q Post-harvest treatment applied
within 24 hours of harvest will prevent
more sporulation and the spread of
infection which causes decay.
The key factors to consider in post-
q Postharvest pressure wash-
ing with fungicide and sanitiser at
receivals reduces the spread of decay.
q The application of two differ-
ent fungicide group types is required
to protect fruit from re-infection.
Fungicide does not control sour rot so
sanitisers must be incorporated.
q Sanitiser such as chlorine are
active on all types of microbes, moulds
and sour rot and must be included in
drenches, high pressure washes and
fungicide tanks. It is very important
to ensure that the pH of the chlorine
is correct otherwise it becomes cor-
rosive if too low and ineffective if too
high. The ppm chlorine applied is also
q Sodium bicarbonate or sodium
carbonate salts used in combinations
with compatible fungicides significant-
ly reduces green mould and reduces
the incidence of sour rot, without
Minimum Residue Limit (MRL) restric-
q Pack house hygiene is essential.
Thorough and frequent ‘pressure
wash’ cleaning before the daily appli-
cation of a sanitiser, such as a quater-
nary ammonium compound.
Export Outturn – Pests
Poor orchard hygiene has pest
and disease flow-on implications, as
it offers easy access for infection and
breeding sites, increasing the number
of infestations which increases the risk
of export detections.
Island fly in particular is a very sen-
sitive issue with our major export mar-
kets and is easily sited in the orchard
at this time. This season offers perfect
conditions for the species to thrive as
island fly only targets soft rind/injured
fruit to lay its eggs.
Adults are 5.5 to 8.5mm long and
distinguished by a brownish-yellow
thorax and an abdomen with a black
tip. The wings are strikingly mottled
with dark brown and black fogging.
Despite island fly only being known
to infest fruit which has suffered rind
damage, some key trading partners
consider island fly a quarantine
pest. As island fly maggots look very
similar to those of Queensland fruit
fly they must be formally identified
by entomologists. Failure to prevent
this species from entering export mar-
ket programs creates serious export
quarantine repercussions and could
result in loss of these markets and/
or the implementation of extremely
difficult and expensive export/orchard
Due to withholding periods and
crop manipulation flow on affects
there are limited control applications
left in our tool kit to combat this pest.
However, good hygiene practices are
the most effective long-term strategy
to significantly reduce island fly from
orchards and the risk of infiltrating
Control measures to be taken
q Remove and dispose of injured/
fallen fruit from orchard floor to avoid
a build-up of potential breeding sites.
q Ensure all rind damaged/rotten
fruit is not harvested into bins.
q Full grower/orchard traceability
is essential and affected orchards or
fruit should be diverted from export
markets where possible.
q Pack house inspections on arriv-
al for the presence of island fly should
q Regularly dispose of culled fruit
away from packing houses to reduce
additional breeding sites
Oleocellosis reminder –
Oleocellosis is caused when the oil
cells on the rind rupture from pressure
causing breakdown. Key preventa-
tive measures include not harvesting
while fruit is turgid due to cold or wet
conditions and remembering that
mild water stress prior to harvest will
Remember to pick up fruit within
24 hours of harvest to reduce the inci-
dence of mould spores germinating.
The Regional Development Fund is
designed to generate economic growth
and stimulate job opportunities and
new investment in the regions.
The two new programs are open
for Expressions of Interest, viz:
q Major Projects Program – sup-
porting major economic projects
designed to strengthen regional indus-
tries, support local economies and
opportunities through investment in
strategic projects. Closing date 5pm,
July 18, 2014.
q Community Infrastructure
Program – supporting investment in
regional communities to develop eco-
nomic infrastructure and grow their
capabilities as a foundation for future
jobs and economic growth. Closing
date 5pm August 1, 2014.
Contact the RDF program manager
at Regions SA (8226 0232 or pir.sa .gov.
The Regional Development and
Innovation Fund (RDIF) will fund
major projects from non-irrigating
businesses or organisations to deliver
regional employment opportunities
and improve regional economic diver-
sity and is limited to businesses along
the River Murray. The closing date for
applications is September 19.
Contact Kym Walton SARMS on
(8539 2118). Visit www.pir.sa .gov.au/
sarms-rdif to download the guidelines
and application form.
3IP: The South Australian River
Murray Sustainability (SARMS)
Irrigation Industry Improvement
Program applications for round one
have now closed.
It is anticipated that 3IP round two
will commence in late 2014. To register
interest in 3IP Round Two visit http://
Contact Regional Support Officers
(RSO) Denis Sparrow on 8595 9133 for
Renmark, Paringa and Loxton areas
or Deb Allen on 8595 9173 for Berri,
Barmera and Waikerie areas
Visit 3IP website at www.pir.
The Industry-led Research Sub-
Program (IRSP) is an initiative under
the South Australian River Murray
Sustainability Program (SARMS) specif-
ically designed to facilitate sustainable
regional economic development within
the South Australian Murray-Darling
Basin. By working to develop addi-
tional, less water dependent industries
in the region. The closing date for
applications is July 25, 2014.
Contact PIRSA’s Dr Ben Baghurst
(8226 2682 or visit pir.sa .gov.au/
If you have questions about any-
thing in this week’s column or an issue
that you would like discussed please
contact the chair Con Poulos at
IDO Sam Rogers at
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
New agvet chemi-
cal legislation passed
in parliament this
week is a win for
farmers and the
sector, according to
Member for Barker
Mr Pasin said the
new legislation reduces
the burden of regula-
tion by $1.3 million per
year and delivers greater
efficiency and lower
costs for agriculture and
industry whilst ensuring
that existing protections
Mr Pasin spoke dur-
ing debate on the bill
about the impact on
“I was pleased to
speak to this piece of
because these reforms
are a victory for com-
mon sense,” he said.
“At the last election,
the Coalition committed
to removing the unnec-
essary chemicals re-reg-
istration scheme – we
have now delivered on
contribute to 68 per cent
of all crop production in
Australia and are criti-
cal to our nation’s $47.9
billion per annum farm-
ing industry. The local
flow-on effects across
sector will be signifi-
Barnaby Joyce said
the legislation would
deliver benefits for the
farm sector by elimi-
nating the requirement
for agvet chemical re-
registration while main-
taining robust review
mechanisms so that
Australians can have
confidence in the safety
of these chemicals.
“We have listened to
industry and farmers,
and removed unneces-
sary costs and paper-
work that would other-
wise have been required
to re-register all chemi-
cals,” he said.
“I note that these
amendments have been
widely welcomed by
including the National
Plastics and Chemical
and CropLife Australia.
“These very practi-
cal and sensible amend-
ments will ensure we
have an effective and
framework for agri-
culture and veterinary
chemicals that manages
the risks associated with
The reforms mean
that approvals will no
longer end after a par-
ticular period and regis-
trations may be renewed
perpetually. The legisla-
tion also removes provi-
sions allowing applica-
tions to re-approve and
re-register active con-
stituents and chemical
Minister Joyce said
the legistation was
the approvals process
for chemical use in
also improves the
ability to secure infor-
mation about the safety
of chemicals supplied in
the market and stream-
lines the process compa-
nies have to go through
to vary an approval or
registration,” he said.
“The Authority will
no longer have to make
an unnecessarily costly
and lengthy assessment
of simple changes to
chemicals, such as the
name of the chemical,
its pack size or name of
Minister Joyce said
the reforms had been
developed in close con-
sultation with industry
and communities along-
side state and territory
laws ‘a win’
sector will be
- TONY PASIN
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