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John Quinn
22 April 2015 | John Quinn

Nick Xenophon issues warning about health of wine industry

Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon has issued a warning for grape growing and Australia's wine industry.

Amidst another year of devastatingly low prices the Winemaker's of Australia have recently reported less than 15 percent of Australia's grape growers and wine producers made a profit in 2014.

Senator Xenophon has recently stated “Many parts of the Australian wine industry are struggling to survive. For instance, many wine grape growers are at breaking point, with too many wineries complaining of the dominance of Coles and Woolworths. In addition, South African and South American wines are putting the squeeze on Australian wines internationally,”

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John Quinn
20 April 2015 | John Quinn

Weak Demand for Quality Coonwarra Grapes


Grape Growers in the Coonwarra region of South Australia struggle to sell their fruit. Demand has been so weak that even the more popular grapes were hard to sell at a profit.

Rob Mason who manages vineyards in Coonwarra and Wrattonbully said "We've been lucky enough to sell it this year but not for much money, probably enough to just breakeven, but we mightn't even do that,".

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