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A DAY packed with practical information to help South Australian winegrape growers plan for 2015 will be held on Friday 27 June in Adelaide.

The ‘SA Winegrape Growers Summit: Towards 2015’, will feature speakers representing a wide variety of topics related to winegrapes, from trends in demand for winegrape varieties to options for building better businesses.

“The intent of the day is to provide a range of information so that wine grape growers will be better able to understand the outlook for 2015 and make more informed decisions when it comes to their vineyards,” Wine Grape Growers Council of SA (WGCSA) chairman Simon Berry.

“The Summit will be the first of its kind specifically for wine grape growers and we hope to make it an annual event.

“Being held at the new Adelaide Oval, it is also likely to be the first opportunity for many growers to see the new facilities, on the eve of the next Port-Crows Showdown.

“In the morning we will discuss the state of the industry which will include the release of research commissioned by WGCSA looking at supply and demand by variety and region.”

One of the key speakers will be Shane Tremble, head of corporate development at Woolworths Liquor Group, looking at consumer demand from a retailer’s perspective.

Woolworths is the largest single retailer of wine globally and the first to see changes in consumer wine preferences.

The afternoon session will take a look at fresh approaches to productivity, including a Q&A session where case studies will be presented by speakers talking about the business of vineyards – new technologies, alternative varieties, grower/winery relationships and strategies for lifting vineyard profitability.

The guest speakers have been chosen because of the changes they have made to their businesses in response to the tough conditions grapegrowers have experienced during the past decade.

The day will include morning tea and lunch and conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Adelaide Oval facilities.

Cost is only $99 for members (grapegrowers that contribute to the SA Grapegrowers Industry Fund) and $165 for others.

For further information and bookings visit www.wgcsa.com.au or phone (08) 8351 4378.

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