The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA) is the peak body for South Australian grapegrowers
funded through a voluntary levy paid on all winegrapes sold from SA vineyards.
EcoVineyards project set to benefit wine grape growers across South Australia
Wine grape growers across South Australia will benefit from the Wine Grape Council of South Australia’s (WGCSA) successful grant under the National Landcare Program’s Smart Farms Small Grants program.
WGCSA and renowned viticulturist, Mary Retallack from Retallack Viticulture Pty Ltd combined to win this two year, $199,748 grant. WGCSA Business Manager Lisa Bennier said, ‘One of our main objectives at WGCSA is to help SA wine grape growers to be the best in Australia. We aim to improve the health and resilience of our growers’ vineyards and reduce the costs of running a vineyard.’
New rootstocks bred for Australian conditions
A recently released study focused on breeding and selecting new locally adapted rootstocks has had resounding success, with three new rootstocks to be released.
The findings are exciting because currently, the Australian wine sector relies on rootstocks bred and selected overseas for conditions that are sometimes quite different to those in Australia.
The new rootstocks – tested with the codes C114, C113 and C20 – maintain productivity in replant situations in the warm climate of Sunraysia, perform well when irrigated with moderately saline water in the cooler region of Padthaway; produce fruit with acceptable fruit composition; and are resistant to selected root knot nematode and phylloxera isolates.
Read more on the Wine Australia website
Register for free Fit4Work workshops for vineyard workers
Register for a series of free workshops across South Australia aimed to help reduce the risk of injuries to vineyard workers.
The feature will be a new online tool called Fit4Work to help reduce the risk of musculo-skeletal injuries when performing common vineyard activities.