Home' Grower : September 2013 Contents 28 The South Australian Grower -- September 2013
Wineries promote safe drinking
Wineries are being encouraged to introduce standard sampling sizes at the
cellar door to help visitors monitor their alcohol consumption.
WITH Australia's drinking habits
frequently coming under fire from
health experts, the country's wineries
are doing their part to promote
While the Winemakers' Federation
of Australia has often emphasised
that wine is not usually associated
with binge or problem drinking, the
organisation has encouraged its
members to step up efforts against
Wineries will play a greater role in
informing consumers about moderate
consumption and the link between
wine and health as part of the
WFA's Responsible Winery Initiative
launched last month.
The Winemakers' Federation of
Australia is urging all 2800 wineries
across the country to take nine
simple actions at their cellar doors
and in their businesses.
"The focus is on taking practical
steps and ensuring that winery
personnel understand the core issues
around alcohol consumption, wine's
place in that picture, and the way the
wine industry is responding," WFA
chief executive Paul Evans said.
"Many wineries already have
embraced many of these actions. Our
aim is to create a framework, and an
industry standard, and help others to
"It's about formalising our
commitment to being a part of the
education process around alcohol
by providing information through the
two main way wineries interact with
the public -- at the cellar door and
through their marketing."
One of the main initiatives is to
provide a standard cellar door tasting
pour of 20 millilitres, 25mls or 30mls
that can easily be equated to a
standard drink of 100mls.
"Surveys show the concept of
the standard drink is widely
misunderstood, yet it is the key
to following the official guidelines
around moderate consumption," Mr
Evans said. "If consumers are given
a standard pour at the cellar door
each time they can evaluate their
consumption on the day and get a
clearer idea of how much is actually
in a standard drink."
Other actions wineries can take at the
cellar door include ensuring all staff
are trained in the responsible service
of alcohol and equipped to answer
questions about alcohol, making
information available to visitors on
request and ensuring the cellar door
experience is about tasting, not
"This initiative has been developed
in consultation with the industry
because we wanted to create a
package that is comprehensive but
not onerous and takes into account
the practical realities of running a
wine business today," Mr Evans said.
"The feedback we received when
discussing the concept and then
the specifics with winemakers and
marketers in a number of regions
was that this is workable and could
be very powerful."
WITH budburst beginning
in vineyards across the
state, spray drift once
again has the potential to severely
impact grapevine health.
The Wine Grape Council of SA
has appealed to broadacre farmers,
contract sprayers, local govern-
ments and other users of phenoxy
herbicides for weed control, ask-
ing them to be mindful of their
potential damage to winegrapes
and other horticulture crops.
The end of winter on August
31 also marked the last day for
spraying with high volatile ester
forms of 2,4-D used to control
A 'no use' restriction applies
to high volatile ester forms of
2,4-D between September 2013
and April 30 2014.
If phenoxy herbicide drifts into
a vineyard and green tissue is
exposed it can stunt, distort or kill
Grapegrowers that have dam-
aged vineyards face yield loss, fruit
downgrading, lower prices and
in severe cases, the rejection of
grapes for sale.
The economic impact of spray
drift can be even greater for
biodynamic and organic vineyards.
Contamination with chemicals
will cause organic and biodynamic
producers to lose their certifica-
tion for a number of years.
WGCSA Chairman Simon Berry
said that 2,4-D is not approved
for use in Australian vineyards,
and contamination can prevent
the export of wine to several
The wine industry has set a
maximum residue limit for 2,4D
in wine -- despite its ban in vine-
yards -- to address the risk of spray
Mr Berry advised farmers and
contractors to consult with their
agronomist or retailer for advice
before purchasing chemicals and
consult the Code of Practice for
Summer Weed Control produced
by PIRSA and available for down-
load on their website.
This code advises farmers to
spray during the day when wind
is between 3 kilometres per hour
and 15 km/h as measured at the
application site -- a mandatory
label instruction for 2,4-D -- and
there is no surface temperature
Other measures including
slow tractor speeds of less than
18km/h, adjusting nozzle set-
tings to produce very coarse
droplets and adding adjuvants
which reduce drift and lift spray
Reducing spray drift relies on
cooperation between broadacre
and horticulturists and ensuring
both producers are understanding
and considerate of each others'
Mr Berry acknowledged that
vineyard owners, staff and con-
tractors need to show equal care
when spraying vines.
WGCSA points to the success
achieved by the Mid North Spray
Drift Committee as an example of
An increase in consultation and
education has seen incidences
of off-target spray drift reduced
substantially in the mid-north in
the past two years.
Organic growers hardest hit
Mutual understanding needed
Mid North group leads the way
Reducing spray drift relies on cooperation between broadacre farmers and horticulturists and ensuring both
producers are understanding and considerate of each others' farming practices.
Cooperation essential to
minimise spray drift risk
• Cleans floors to mimimise disease.
• Low cost & efficient to run.
• Can be retro-fitted.
• For slashing between & around vines & posts.
• Suitable for use on mounted or flat ground.
• Single or double sided.
• Rear or front mounted.
• Hydraulically driven.
• Fast & Efficient.
• Multiple positions.
• Versatile & cost effective.
• Custom built to your needs.
Links Archive August 2013 October 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page