Wine summit comes to Barossa

WGCSA will partner with Barossa Grape and Wine Association to deliver the SA Wine Grape Growers Summit. Photo: Carla Wiese-Smith.
WGCSA will partner with Barossa Grape and Wine Association to deliver the SA Wine Grape Growers Summit. Photo: Carla Wiese-Smith.

The fourth annual SA Wine Grape Growers Summit, the flagship event for the Wine Grape Council of SA, will be held on Friday, July 28, in the Barossa, the first time the Summit has been held in a regional centre.

This year, WGCSA will partner with Barossa Grape and Wine Association to deliver the Summit, themed “SA Grape Growers Lead the Way”, with a focus on profitability, business innovation and succession planning for grape growers.

BGWA viticultural development officer Nicki Robins said the Summit was an opportunity for grape growers to “think outside the square and be innovative when looking to grow their business – or when considering handing over to the next generation or other entities”.

Held at the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre in Tanunda, the 2017 Summit program will review domestic and export market trends, present examples of innovative business models and why they have succeeded, and explore a range of business models for a successful vineyard business into the future.

“We want grape growers to think strategically about the future of their vineyard and their region,” Ms Robins said.

BGWA viticultural development officer Nicki Robins speaking with Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker in Keyneton last month. Photo: Carla Wiese-Smith.

BGWA viticultural development officer Nicki Robins speaking with Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker in Keyneton last month. Photo: Carla Wiese-Smith.

“The Summit will present case studies and presentations by growers who have successfully structured their business and implemented models to secure their vineyard into the future.”

With generational farming the fabric of SA’s wine grape growing regions, Ms Robins said she saw the Summit “as a platform to share the knowledge of our older growers with our next generation of growers to ensure the future success of their region”.

Speakers will range from senior industry analysts and executives presenting an industry overview, to generational growers from the wine industry and other agricultural industries sharing their experiences of running a successful family farming business.

Registrations for the 2017 South Australian Wine Grape Growers Summit aare now open at sawggs.com.au.

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