27 November 2018 Newsletter



FEATURE ARTICLES                                                                                      PDF Version

Energy Demand Management for Wineries  Information sessions
56% of growers non-compliant with workplace laws / Register for important briefings
Your casual employees may be permanent employees entitled to leave and other benefits
Best of Wine Tourism Awards


SAWIA working to alleviate skills shortages in the wine industry   


Changes to Working Holiday visas benefiting the wine industry
Safety - Have confined space on your TO DO list for 2019 Vintage    


Hidden Gems (pop up) found on Bank Street
2018 South Australian Tourism Awards
International visitors reach new heights
Other events and  opportunities


Apply now for Trade Waste Grants
Concerns about electricity bills


Cyber and management liability insurance – why your business needs it
SAWIA welcomes Studio S2 Architects as new Wine Industry Sponsor
Women in Leadership / Women in Wine Awards
Calling all wine educators – SAWIA’s NWETC wants you
Dates for your diary


Message from the Chief Executive

Adelaide and South Australia’s 18 wine regions welcomed international guests from the various cities around the world for the Great Wine Capitals annual general meeting held from 3-8 November. There was a full program of visits to wine regions and key wine tourism businesses as we welcomed visitors and guests to ‘our world’.

I had an extraordinarily busy week helping to host our guests. This included an immersion visit to the Clare Valley with highlights such as Pikes Wines and Pikes Beer Company and the stunning new restaurant, The Slate. The next day, visits included Yalumba for the technical sessions, Elderton for some committee work and Seppeltsfield, followed by a spectacular wine tasting at Penfolds Magill Estate. Beresford in McLaren Vale played host for some more committee work and tastings in the afternoon. The international wine tasting at the National Wine Centre was outstanding, with the final day mainly committee work, but also delighting our guests with an early morning visit to Deviation Road for a sampling of sparkling wine as well as patting and cuddling various wildlife brought in for the occasion.

I found it interesting what each of the countries found unique about our South Australian wine regions, with some of the questions asked needing a bit of research to respond to those inquiring minds. During the travel, the opportunity to see our wildlife was a major thrill for many of our visitors.

Congratulations to the deserving winners of the South Australian Best of Wine Tourism awards, and international awards, with full details in the Feature Article below.

SAWIA’s strong efforts to advocate on behalf of our members continued this month with a round of discussions with various Ministers, members of parliament and department officials on various environmental concerns and topics as well as legislative reforms. We are pleased with the level of engagement and interest, which helps to ensure everyone understands the operational aspects and concerns of the wine industry. A number of Government legislative reviews will soon commence, along with previously foreshadowed reforms, so come along to SAWIA’s General Networking meeting on 13 December to hear an important update.

I welcomed the opportunity to attend the annual general meetings for Australian Vignerons and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia on 13 November. It was truly an historic occasion as the members from each organisation voted to amalgamate to create the Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated from early in 2019. This is a welcome development of significant benefit to the wine industry, as government and other key stakeholders look for unified advocacy and messaging supported by well researched policy positions.



Energy Demand Management for Wineries - Information Sessions

  SAWIA, in partnership with Green Industries SA, is working to help wineries better manage energy demand and reduce costs. Free regional information seminars are being held to share the latest research into tools that can help with Energy Demand Management. This is your opportunity to learn about the latest technologies that are available, how to deploy them, the costs and benefits, and how to prepare a business case to get started and begin saving energy and money.

At the seminars, you will find out how to access subsidised one-on-one assistance from energy efficiency experts that will help you develop your business case for implementing energy demand management (limited places available).

Regional sessions are being held in McLaren Vale, Barossa, Adelaide and Coonawarra. For those unable to attend, the Adelaide session will also be webcast live on 6 December at 10.30am.

To register or obtain more information, click here or contact Mark Gishen on 8222 9278 or mark@winesa.asn.au.


56% of growers non-compliant with workplace laws / Register for important briefings

A five year audit by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) of thousands of horticulture and viticulture employers, including labour hire operators, across Australia has found that a very concerning 56% of growers were breaching workplace laws, including Modern Awards.

More than $1 million has been recovered in unpaid wages and court action has been taken against 8 employers, with over $500,000 in penalties to date.

The audits uncovered deliberate and significant underpayments of base pay rates, falsification of records, deliberate withholding of payslips, non-payments and unauthorised deductions.

  In order to help wineries and wine grape growers understand their obligations under workplace, safety and migration laws prior to vintage, SAWIA is conducting briefings across South Australia’s wine regions including:


  • Barossa (5 December)
  • McLaren Vale (6 December)
  • Langhorne Creek (10 December)
  • Coonawarra (12 December)
  • Clare (13 December).

To register or obtain more information, click here or contact Henrik Wallgren on 8222 9270 or henrik@winesa.asn.au.


Your casual employees may be permanent employees entitled to leave and other benefits

  A court decision has turned casual employment on its head, holding that a person engaged as a casual employee was a permanent employee and therefore entitled to paid leave and other entitlements.

To assist wine industry employers in managing this new challenge, regional briefings are being held in McLaren Vale and the Barossa covering the following:

  • Identifying a true casual
  • Risks of casuals working regular and systematic hours
  • An employee who does not want to convert from casual employment
  • Clarifying casual conversion in writing
  • Clarifying for which entitlements the 25% casual loading compensates a casual employee.

The briefing will help you understand the future of casual employment in the wine industry, and alternatives to casual employment that offer the same flexibility.

To register or obtain more information, click here or contact Henrik Wallgren on 8222 9270 or henrik@winesa.asn.au.


Best of Wine Tourism Awards

The South Australian Best of Wine Tourism awards and international awards were announced as part of the Great Wine Capitals week, with winners as follows: 

  • Accommodation - Inkwell Wines (McLaren Vale)
  • Architecture and Landscape - d’Arenberg (McLaren Vale)
  • Art and Culture - Coriole Vineyards (McLaren Vale)
  • Innovative Wine Tourism Experience - Penfolds Magill Estate (Adelaide Hills)
  • Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices - Gemtree Wines (McLaren Vale)
  • Wine Tourism Restaurant - The Lane Vineyard (Adelaide Hills)
  • Wine Tourism Services - Elderton Wines (Barossa)
  The International Best of Wine Tourism Award for Architecture and Landscape was won by d’Arenberg (McLaren Vale) for the d’Arenberg Cube, a stunning structure in every sense of the word.

The inaugural Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Public Choice Award will soon be known as voting closed on 22 November.

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SAWIA working to alleviate skills shortages in the wine industry

In the August 2018 South Australian Wine Industry Snapshot, 45% of respondents indicated challenges with recruiting vineyard staff, including viticulturists and vineyard managers. Respondents also flagged a range of other roles where it is proving challenging to recruit candidates.

While there are no simple solutions, SAWIA is actively advocating for a suite of measures to be implemented. This includes ensuring that Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications relevant to the wine industry are up to date, and seeking a more flexible visa system.

SAWIA represents the wine industry nationally on the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee, which was established by the Federal Government to oversee Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications. SAWIA is working hard to ensure that wine industry qualifications are reflective of contemporary industry practices.
SAWIA is also finalising plans for a project to support and mentor wine industry employers to take on apprentices as trainees for the first time, while encouraging high school students to commence a career in the wine industry. For example, students can combine their high school certificate of education with VET studies relevant to the wine industry.

For more information on skills challenges in the wine industry, watch for SAWIA’s article in the December issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine.  

For more information, contact Sarah Hills on 8222 9212 or sarah@winesa.asn.au.

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Changes to Working Holiday visas benefiting the wine industry

The Australian Government recently announced changes to the Working Holiday (417) visa and the Working and Holiday (462) visa to support regional and rural employers. These changes are intended to provide greater flexibility to employers in regional and rural Australia, including the whole of South Australia.

Important changes include increasing the time a working holiday maker can remain with the same employer and increasing the age limit to 35 years for specific countries.

SAWIA members can obtain more information from the News section of the Employee & Industrial Relations page of SAWIA’s website, or contact Henrik Wallgren on 8222 9270 or henrik@winesa.asn.au.

Safety - Have confined space on your TO DO list for 2019 Vintage

The death of an apprentice at a Melbourne factory in October sends a timely message to the grape and wine industry of the risks of working in a confined space. In preparation for the upcoming vintage, workers will be preparing open fermenters, bag presses and storage tanks for receipt of juice and wine which are all examples of confined spaces.  Features that characterise a confined space are:


  • The space is enclosed or partially enclosed, and
  • Not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person, and
  • Is at normal atmospheric pressure while the person is in the space, and
  • There is a risk to health and safety due to:
    • Unsafe oxygen levels, or
    • Contaminants may cause injury from fire or explosion, or
    • Harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants, or
    • Engulfment.

Given the risk of confined spaces, no one is allowed to enter a confined space without the necessary precautions in place. This includes training of workers in confined space entry, having a standby person, completing an entry permit before entry, isolating energy sources, ventilating and making the atmosphere safe, gas monitoring and emergency rescue practice.

The risk of the work performed in the space must also be assessed such as the relining of open fermenters, cleaning of lees from tanks or maintenance of a bag press. More information about the risks of a confined space are available to members here.

For more information on what other measures your business can adopt to manage its confined spaces, or if you have another WHS matter pertaining to your workplace, contact Zvonko Levak on 8222 9273 or zvonko@winesa.asn.au.

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Hidden Gems (pop up) found on Bank Street

  To kick off summer, SAWIA is hosting the Hidden Gems Pop Up on Bank Street on Friday 30 November from 5 – 8 pm.

The event will showcase some of the unique gems from thirteen wineries representing SA’s lesser known or harder to get to wine regions. This is the perfect occasion to relax with friends while you enjoy some after work drinks, tasting your way through the variety of multi-faceted treasures on offer.

To gain entry, eventgoers need to download the 365 Days of Wine and Food app and purchase a souvenir wine glass for $5. This glass means you are able to purchase wine all night long by the half glass, full glass, or even grab a bottle to continue the evening.

For more information, contact Claire Wald on 8222 9271 or claire@winesa.asn.au.

Development and delivery of this program and/or activity is one part of the South Australian Wine Industry Development Program as administered by SAWIA and is only possible from the support and funding provided by the South Australian Government through Primary Industries and Regions SA.


South Australian Tourism Awards


Congratulations to the deserving wine related winners of the 2018 South Australian Tourism Awards:

•    D’Arenberg Cube (Tourist Attractions, Premier’s Award for Service Excellence)
•    Seppeltsfield Estate Barossa (Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries)

Dudley Wines was awarded a Silver medal in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries section.


For more information, click here.


International visitors reach new heights

  South Australia’s visitor economy continues to grow with international visitors spending $1.15 billion for the year ending June 2018. The latest International Visitor Survey shows that visits to South Australia grew 7% to 464,000.

China continues to be the strongest performing market in terms of expenditure, rising 18% to a record high $416 million. For more information click here.

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Apply now for Trade Waste Grants

EPA-licensed wineries (SA wineries handling more than 500 tonnes of grapes a year), and wineries with a SA Water volume and load based trade waste discharge authorisation are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in matched grant funding for a resource productivity assessment. The current funding round will be your last chance to apply.  

The assessment will help to identify and evaluate opportunities for reducing wastewater (trade waste) volume and load (contaminants), taking into consideration how this might affect other aspects of the winery such as process and material efficiency, energy and water consumption and efficiency, and solid waste management.

Wineries that have completed a resource productivity assessment and have an SA Water volume and load based trade waste discharge authorisation, are also eligible to apply for a trade waste implementation grant valued at up to $300,000.

For details, refer to the Application Guidelines and Resource Productivity Assessment guidelines available here, or contact Oliver Lovat of Green Industries SA (0437 641 138 or oliver.lovat@sa.gov.au) or Mark Gishen of SAWIA (8222 9278 or mark@winesa.asn.au).

Concerns about electricity bills

Understanding the electricity market and the details of your electricity bill (each of the various cost lines) were important topics of SAWIA’s 2017 panel sessions. A summary of key points from the sessions is available to members here.

Several members subsequently contacted SAWIA and we were able to help them identify significant savings. For example, one large winery was able to immediately reduce their bill nearly 15% simply by requesting a change to their network tariff.

Given the impact of high electricity prices on our industry, you need to do everything possible to minimise the costs within your control.

SAWIA members are welcome to call Mark Gishen at SAWIA for a brief discussion and review of your electricity bills to see how much you might be able to save. Contact Mark on 8222 9278 or mark@winesa.asn.au.

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Cyber and management liability insurance – why your business needs it

  MGA Insurance Brokers, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner, has prepared a comprehensive summary (available from the Noticeboard of the Members' Home page of SAWIA's website) of the key risks and exposures that wine businesses need to consider in the areas of management liability and cyber insurance.

Management liability insurance protects management and the company against the risks and exposures of running the company (i.e. your liability for mismanagement). Without adequate protection you could risk losing, not only your business, but also your personal assets. MGA’s summary includes real examples where businesses have incurred substantial expenses in areas such as employment practice issues, financial crimes, tax audits, breach of WHS requirements and breach of state or industry regulations.

Management liability insurance used to be something that only some large businesses considered, but the effects of even one legal case can be crippling.  

Another key area that businesses need to manage is cyber liability. While people tend to think of well-publicised cybercrimes such as hacking scams and extortion, the reality is that:

  • 40% of data breach cases are from people making mistakes, such as losing laptops and flash drives
  • 36% are system glitches, such as software updates, which inadvertently expose sensitive private files
  • Only 24% are malicious and criminal attacks.

SAWIA members are encouraged to review insurance cover regularly. Phil Keenihan of MGA welcomes enquiries on 0414 331 489 or phil.keenihan@mga.com.


SAWIA welcomes Studio S2 Architects as new Wine Industry Sponsor

  SAWIA welcomes Studio S2 Architects as our new Wine Industry Sponsor. Award winning, specialist Architects and Interior Designers to the tourism industry, they know wine tourism and can show you how your buildings can work to attract visitors, increase sales and drive profit, and make your place unmissable. They help you navigate the design and construction process, offering expertise in interior design, heritage, ecotourism, retail, hospitality, accommodation and conference centres.

Studio S2 Architects have a number of free e-books and fact sheets, to help you make good decisions about your spaces and spend money wisely so that choices are consistently on brand and commercially valuable.

For more information, contact Amy Smedley on 0412 811 247 or amy@studio-s2.com.au.


Women in Leadership / Women in Wine Awards

  Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards. Winners include
Kate Goodman – Goodman Wines / Penley Estate (Winemaker), Nicole Pitman – Kingston Estate (Viticulturist), Sarah Marquis – Mollydooker Wines (Owner / Operator), Lara Simic – Winestate Publishing (Workplace Champion of Change), Janine Carter – Voyager Estate (Cellar Door Person),
Dr. Jacqui McRae – AWRI (Researcher / Innovator), Lynda Schenk – Purple Giraffe (Marketer) and Tamara Grischy – Langtons (Woman of Inspiration).

On a related matter, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. The scholarship funding aims to provide powerful and effective development opportunities for women in the industry.

For more information or to submit your expression of interest, click here.


Calling all wine educators – SAWIA’s NWETC wants you

  SAWIA’s National Wine Education & Training Centre (NWETC) is looking for wine communicators interested in joining our team of casual wine educators for the 2019 roster of classes.

A NWETC educator is someone professionally involved in the wine industry, from wine-making, cellar door management and marketing through to fine wine retailing, hospitality and research. Educators are passionate communicators, dedicated to sharing their knowledge, personal stories, expertise and experience. The position of wine educator is also perfect for those within the industry looking for professional development opportunities, growing their resume, and developing their teaching skills.

SAWIA has been conducting wine courses since 1956, providing consumer wine education and appreciation classes at the National Wine Centre since 2001.

For a full position description contact Claire Wald on 8222 9271 or claire@winesa.asn.au, or simply email through your CV for consideration.

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Dates for your diary