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John Quinn
21 December 2015 | John Quinn

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John Quinn
25 October 2015 | John Quinn

Happy Monday

Time Posted: 25/10/2015 at 10:31 AM
John Quinn
25 October 2015 | John Quinn

Senate Inquiry into the Australian Wine Industry

With thanks to Anthony Madigan from Wine Business Magazine, this is part of his report from the recent Senate Inquiry into the Australian wine industry.
Someone presented a graph showing how much Italy spends on marketing – 189 million euros compared to our 1.4 million. Nick Xenophon is like he is on TV: quick-talking, no-nonsense and emotionless. Xenophon grilled AGWA CEO Andreas Clark. "Why haven't you gone to the Government asking for more marketing money? Isn’t it your job to do that? The funding is pathetic. Seriously, how can you do your job properly? There's an old saying: if you don't ask, you don't get.” Bang! Pow! Zap. Wait, there's more. "And have you conducted a survey in the Riverland to help with their survival? What are you doing to help them?"

Time Posted: 25/10/2015 at 10:01 AM
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,”

Read the full article here.

Time Posted: 22/04/2015 at 3:28 PM
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,".

Read the full article here.