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.
In other news, the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) recently emailed our grape grower members on behalf of WGCSA, seeking their views on the future contribution method of the SA Grape Grower Industry Fund (SAGGIF).
I encourage all independent grape growers who currently contribute the $1/tonne payment to the SAGGIF to check their inboxes for the email and supporting information. WGCSA is keen for all members to have their say by participating in the short 3 question survey.
The survey is open from 22nd January 2021 – 19th February 2021 and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your response will be collated by PIRSA and the results provided to WGCSA for consideration. The survey results are confidential and will not include your personal details.
If you are a contributing member and have not received the email from PIRSA, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure that you receive the information and opportunity to be involved.
Wishing all our members and stakeholders a very safe and successful vintage 2021.