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.
Harvest underway in some regions
Wow, already we’re in February and the early stages of harvest are underway in some of our regions with others gearing up for the busiest time of the year.
Demand and pricing projections are variable depending on the region, variety, and grade of the fruit with most members I’ve spoken to expect an average to slightly above average crop yield. Unfortunately, not everyone escaped the hot day in late January and that along with a lack of summer rain may influence some bunch weights and overall yields in selected areas.
As always, we strongly encourage our grower members to keep in contact with their winemakers, contractors, and transport operators as vintage creeps closer. Communication and strong relationships are key to achieving the best outcomes for everyone during this extremely busy time.
We did it! 27,009 native plants planted!
At the start of the EcoVineyards project we set a goal of encouraging growers to plant 20,000 native plants in and around vineyards by the end of 2020. We did it! 27,009 native plants have been planted since the EcoVineyards project began.
A big thank you to everyone who has got outside and planted some native plants. And just because we reached our goal doesn't mean we have to stop! If you get out planting over the Christmas break, let us know! You can pledge your plants here.
How to register a security interest over your grapes
The Wine Grape Council of South Australia has worked with Piper Alderman to develop a guide to help grape growers understand how to register security over grapes.
Taking security over grapes secures the winery's obligation to pay your invoices on time and in full. It is also important to take steps to ‘perfect’ that security interest to maximise your chances of being paid.
If you don’t take security over the grapes that you sell to a winery (and any resulting wine product and sale proceeds), or you fail to ‘perfect’ that interest you may not be able to recover the unpaid purchase price for those grapes if the winery goes into liquidation.
To learn more about why grape growers should register security over grapes, read the circular from Piper Alderman.
Piper Alderman have also developed a step-by-step guide on how to register security over grapes just for WGCSA members which you can also download.
27,309 native plants planted so far!