Just weeks after the 2017 wine grape vintage Murray Valley Winegrowers (MVW) and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) are holding an Information Forum in Mildura on  May 11

The annual forum will give growers ample time to consider their vineyard and business options before pruning and maintenance become the main focus over the winter months.

MVW Executive Officer Mike Stone said his has been a long harvest, starting later than in recent years and not expected to finish until the end of April.

“Yields for most varieties are up, as are prices, but from a low base.”

“On the other hand, costs have been higher as growers were forced to invest more in disease control, with powdery mildew being more of a problem this year,” Mr Stone said.

“The signs of a long-awaited turnaround are promising, but to get a clearer picture we need more information from around Australia and other southern hemisphere countries regarding production and demand projections.”

 “Our national harvest may exceed last year’s 1.8 million tonnes, but this could be offset by below-average harvests in Argentina and Chile.

“Getting information on what’s happening in the world of wine is the reason why growers need to attend the Information Forum.”                    

MVW will present the morning program on May 11 while the AWRI will take over in the afternoon. MVW speakers include Mark Rowley, Wine Australia Senior Analyst; Cecily Zhu, Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct; Russell James, Murray Darling Basin Authority Executive Director and plant pathologists Peter Magarey and Dr Bob Emmett presenting information on vine disease management, and vine recovery after hail damage.

AWRI speakers in the afternoon session will tackle soil health, fungicide resistance and foliage management.

An interactive discussion will follow presentations, giving growers the opportunity to comment and to ask questions of the experts.

The day starts at 8.30 and will draw to a close at 4pm.

It will be held in the Acacia Room, Agriculture Victoria, corner 11th Street and Koorlong Avenue, Irymple.