August 2019

 

FEATURE ARTICLES                                                                                      

Wine Industry Snapshot: have your say
2019 Employment Relations Conference approaching fast
Annual appraisal shows rising member satisfaction
Special member only offer for solar systems
Cyber crime – coming soon to a computer near you
 

INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT

New Wine Business Growth Program
SA Export Accelerator grants
Infrastructure needed to support growth

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS & WORK HEALTH SAFETY

Worrying misuse of stop bullying legislation
Bogged vehicle fatality highlights dangers
Free health and safety resource for vineyard work     

SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION

Best of Wine Tourism finalists announced
Competitions and promotional opportunities
Tour Down Under stages are set
Wine export update
Wine Australia acts to protect export reputation
SA Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030

SUSTAINABILITY

SAWIA calls for focus on recycling not just collection
New recycling facility in the Barossa   

OTHER

Super 101  
Wine course news – condensed WSET, gift vouchers and more
Australian 2019 vintage crush above predictions
Funding for women’s leadership development
Calling young guns of wine
WineEng 2019
Dates for your diary


 

Message from the Chief Executive

The results are in for SAWIA’s annual member appraisal, with SAWIA scoring 85 out of 100 for value of services provided. This is up on the 82 score from last year. Refer to the Feature Article below for details.

The water allocation increase to 68% from 50% for South Australian irrigators announced on 15 August is good news. Allocations are heading in the right direction.

The 2019 Wine Industry Snapshot was released on 13 August. If you haven’t participated yet, it only takes 20 minutes to help shape the future of our industry. Refer to the Feature Article below for details.

It’s time for SAWIA’s AGM and Annual Luncheon on 20 September at the National Wine Centre. Members have been sent details of the AGM, calls for nominations for the SAWIA governing Executive Committee and details of the annual lunch. I encourage members to attend the AGM and lunch and also consider getting involved on the Executive Committee. Remember, it’s your association.

SAWIA’s Executive Committee has been invited to the launch of the State Government’s Growth State: our plan for prosperity later this month. Following this meeting, extensive industry engagement is planned across the State. Wine, food and agribusiness has been identified as one of nine sectors with strong growth prospects. SAWIA will keep members informed, so watch for details and get involved.   

The ACCC Wine Grapes Market Study Interim Report has been published with SAWIA making a detailed submission. SAWIA discussed our submission with ACCC representatives on 24 July, and their final report is expected in September.
 
We congratulate Jim Barry Wines on being named Winery of the Year in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Awards. Yangarra Estate Vineyards was recognised for the Wine of the Year with its exceptional 2016 Yangarra Estate High Sands McLaren Vale Grenache.

I attended a special preview of the new Barossa Cellar earlier this month and found an iconic building that will benefit the wine community and region for many generations to come. It is a testament to the Barossa brand and will assist in promoting Barossa and Eden Valley wines to the world.

I was also delighted to be in attendance when Robert Hill Smith, proprietor/chairman of Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba (1849), received the Maurice O’Shea award in July, recognising his outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.


 

FEATURE ARTICLES 

Wine Industry Snapshot: have your say

  The 2019 Wine Industry Snapshot survey is now open, and we need your help to guide the way forward for our industry.

A record 126 South Australian wine business participated last year, and this year we’d like to see that number rise again to ensure good representation across each region. The survey takes about 20 minutes and is easy to complete. 


The survey results will provide a clear snapshot of the current status of the South Australian wine industry. The survey will also identify emerging trends in our industry, while providing valuable insights to help guide strategies, programs and services to foster growth and profitability. For example, the recent Business Planning, Financial Literacy and Business Evolution/Succession workshops evolved from the 2018 snapshot.

Wine Industry Snapshot results are also an accepted vehicle for providing core messages from the industry to the State Government.

The snapshot is an initiative of SAWIA and wine industry partner Bentleys SA (accountants and advisors).

If you have any questions or problems completing the survey, contact Craig MacDonald on 8222 9272 or craig@winesa.asn.au.


 

2019 Employment Relations Conference approaching fast

 

Leading edge topics will be presented by experts in employment relations and human relations at SAWIA’s wine industry 2019 Employment Relations Conference in Adelaide on 11 September.

 

Topics include:

  • Managing situations where an employee is no longer fit or able to perform their job
  • Using the visa system to fill short and long-term skills and employee shortages
  • Transition to retirement and useful superannuation information
  • Federal Government plans for changes to employment relations laws
  • Workplace discrimination and harassment.

Presenters include Niki Vincent (Commissioner for Equal Opportunity), Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide), Will Snow (Finlaysons), Steve Ronson (Executive Director – Proactive Compliance, Fair Work Ombudsman) and Commissioner Peter Hampton (Fair Work Commission).

The conference is suitable for leaders and managers of people in the wine industry, including human resources professionals, supervisors and team leaders.

Click here to register. For more information, contact Henrik Wallgren on 8222 9270 or henrik@winesa.asn.au.


 

Annual appraisal shows rising member satisfaction

The results are in for SAWIA’s annual member appraisal, with SAWIA scoring an average of 85 out of 100 for value of services provided. This is up on the 82 score from last year.

In terms of importance, members ranked SAWIA’s Industrial Relations services in first place, with Industry and Government Lobbying second, then Work Health Safety third, Environment fourth and Market Development fifth. However, it is also clear that different members value different services and SAWIA is committed to delivering all services at a high standard.

Members provided extensive and valuable feedback, with the most pressing issues being Wine Equalisation Tax, labour costs, local/state government, liquor licensing, energy costs, water costs/access and competition. Members are also keen for market development activities to continue, such as pop-up events.

Congratulations to Michael Fragos at Chapel Hill Winery for winning the $150 voucher for a SAWIA workshop or seminar for completing the appraisal.  

For more information, or to discuss the results, SAWIA members can contact Brian Smedley on 8222 9277 or brian@winesa.asn.au.


 

Special member only offer for solar systems

   

Would you like a Solar System that costs $0 upfront and puts money back in your pocket each month?

P4B Energy Solutions, SAWIA’s Wine Industry Partner, has put together a special offer exclusive to SAWIA’s members. It includes:

  • $0 upfront cost, with finance organised by P4B
  • Subsidised energy audits
  • Price match
  • Complimentary system upgrade.

Whether you are considering a new solar system, or updating an existing one, this offer is well worth considering.

For full details, SAWIA members can click here or contact Peter O’Leary on 0438 804 074 or peter@p4b.com.au.


 

Cyber crime – coming soon to a computer near you

  SAWIA is aware of a spate of recent attempts to hack into computer systems of wine industry businesses. In addition to cryptolocker and other virus attacks, a number of attempts have been made to change bank account details – seeking to divert both outgoing and incoming payments. Some of these attempts have been successful. Your business may be next.


While you need to ensure you have proper system protection, cyber insurance is rapidly becoming an essential back-up. Common categories of risks identified in such policies include data breach, multimedia, extortion and denial of service. The costs covered may include rectification of the vulnerable environment though incident response, data replacement/recovery, disclosure, lawsuits, consequential loss, damage to business reputation… and the list goes on.

With different types of policies available, it is important to review these key questions with your broker:  

  • What risks does the business need to protect against?
  • Do you need to insure against first-party or third-party liabilities…or both?
  • What level of cover is needed?
  • Which policies are available?
  • What exclusions are in each policy?
  • What excess is appropriate?

Members are also encouraged to ask suppliers about their cyber safety and insurance. If you are dealing with IT suppliers such as vendors or resellers, have you asked questions about the type of cyber insurance they have in place? What about consulting firms and other service providers that might have access to some of your data? It is now increasingly common to see tenders asking questions about cyber insurance cover.

To discuss the options available to protect your business, SAWIA encourages members to contact Phil Keenihan at (SAWIA Wine Industry Partner) MGA Insurance Group on 0414 331 489 or phil.keenihan@mga.com.

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INDUSTRY & GOVERNMENT

New Wine Business Growth Program

SAWIA and the State Government are delighted to announce a new Wine Business Growth program, following on from the success of the previous Agribusiness Growth program.

The $150,000 Wine Business Growth program has broader eligibility criteria than past programs, and focuses on small to medium winemaking businesses.

The program will be delivered by SAWIA, and is focused on improving profitability and growth for wine businesses. It is based on a successful model which provides tailored support to boost the business in areas such as digital capability, market research, reducing costs and export plans.

Full details are available from SAWIA’s website. For more information, SAWIA members can contact Mark Gishen on 8222 9278 or mark@winesa.asn.au.


 

SA Export Accelerator grants

  In early July SAWIA notified all members that Round 4 of the SA Export Accelerator grants was open.

Applications have now closed and we hope SAWIA members are successful with their applications. We will continue to ensure that members are kept informed of grant opportunities as they arise.

 


 

Infrastructure needed to support growth

SAWIA advocated for key infrastructure for the wine industry including water, energy, transport and digital infrastructure in a recent submission to Infrastructure SA’s Discussion Paper on developing the 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy.

SAWIA highlighted that attention must also be given to relevant planning and development regulations, given wine sector dependence on infrastructure throughout the supply chain.

SAWIA also advocated for infrastructure planning to improve resilience to the risks and impacts of climate change, including capacity for adaptation planning.

A copy of the submission is available to members here. For more information, SAWIA members can contact Mark Gishen on 8222 9278 or mark@winesa.asn.au.

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 EMPLOYEE RELATIONS / WORK HEALTH & SAFETY

Worrying misuse of stop bullying legislation

  There is a worrying trend for employees to claim bullying in order to prevent being performance managed.

Peter Sams, Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission, has reported increasing use of Stop Bullying Applications as a deflection, diversion, or attempt to overturn a justified disciplinary action. This includes interfering with performance improvement processes implemented by an employer as a reasonable management response to incidents of misconduct or poor performance.


SAWIA is pleased that Commissioner Peter Hampton from the Fair Work Commission will be speaking on the topic of workplace bullying and employee action at SAWIA’s upcoming Employee Relations Conference. Click here for details.

SAWIA also offers onsite training in bullying and harassment awareness for workers, along with training to help supervisors and managers handle difficult employment situations such as disciplining employees and investigating employee grievances.

For more information, contact Adrian Richards on 8222 9212 or adrian@winesa.asn.au.


 

Bogged vehicle fatality highlights dangers

A worker interstate has been fatally crushed between a bogged tractor and another tractor that was helping to recover it. There was a similar fatal incident in 2017 involving a semi-trailer and a telehandler.

Potential risk factors include:  

  • Working in close proximity to mobile plant while operating
  • Incorrect connection equipment, processes and training to perform towing activities
  • Insufficient methods and equipment to ensure consistent communication is maintained during work activity.

SAWIA members are encouraged to review practices for workers unbogging vehicles to reduce the risk of a similar catastrophic incident occurring within your workplace.

A detailed safety alert is available to members here. If you have any questions, contact Zvonko Levak on 8222 9273 or zvonko@winesa.asn.au.


 

Free health and safety resource for vineyard work

 

Free online Fit4Work work health and safety resources are now available to keep vineyard workers fit and well. The wide range of valuable resources include short videos focused on digging holes, minding your health and attaching implements to tractors.

Fit4Work was funded by SA Health in partnership with SAWIA, Business SA and WGCSA, aiming to promote safe manual handling techniques, risk management strategies and general health and wellbeing information.

For more information, contact Zvonko Levak on 8222 9273 or zvonko@winesa.asn.au.

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SALES MARKETING & PROMOTION

Best of Wine Tourism finalists announced

  Finalists for the South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards have been announced. A total of 22 wineries and wine-related businesses across the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and the Riverland have been recognised for their pursuit of excellence in promoting the South Australian wine experience.

View the full list of finalists here. The winners will be announced at SAWIA’s Annual Luncheon in September.


The award celebrates innovation and excellence in wine tourism and provides an opportunity to gain exposure and recognition for providing leading wine tourism experiences.

The winners will go on to represent South Australia at the International Best of Wine Tourism Awards to be held in Bordeaux, France in November as part of the Great Wine Capitals Annual Conference.
 


 

Tour Down Under stages are set

    
The Santos Tour Down Under and Women’s Tour Down Under race routes have been revealed. The women’s race will run from 16-19 January 2020, while the men’s race will take place from 21-26 January 2020.

Click here to find out more.

 

Wine export update

 

Australian wine exports increased 4% in value to $2.86 billion, while volume decreased 6% to 801 million litres, in the year ended June 2019. The overall average value of exported wine rose 10% to $3.58 per litre, the highest level since 2009.

The value of exports to China rose 7%, now making up 42% of export value. Exports to the USA increased 2%, maintaining a 15% market share.

For more information, refer to Wine Australia’s Export Update.


 

Wine Australia acts to protect export reputation

  Following an investigation, Wine Australia has reported cancelling the export licence of an Australian wine producer. An investigation found that the producer did not keep proper records and that it sold and exported wine with incorrect vintage and Geographical Indication claims.

All recipients of the misrepresented wine were informed and there is no wine on the market with incorrect description.


SAWIA members are reminded to understand and comply with all legislative requirements. For more information, contact Wine Australia on 8228 2000.


 

SA Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030

  A bold ambition to grow our visitor economy to $12.8 billion by 2030 and generate an additional 16,000 jobs is set out in the South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC’s) new South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030.


To achieve these goals, the SATC will focus on six priority areas: Marketing, Experience and Supply Development, Collaboration, Industry Capability, Leisure and Business Events and Promoting the Value of Tourism.

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SUSTAINABILITY

SAWIA calls for focus on recycling not just collection

  SAWIA has called for a focus on world’s best practice in achieving better recycling outcomes, rather than just collection, in a recent submission to government.

The Environment, Resources and Development Committee of the Parliament of South Australia is conducting an inquiry into the Recycling Industry. In our submission to the committee, SAWIA noted the need to focus on recycling outcomes, rather than collection, which is the focus of the current container deposit scheme.


SAWIA also submitted that the wine sector is not a significant contributor to environmental problems caused by packaging, and already exceeds the national waste packaging targets for recyclable content. Furthermore, about 90% of wine sold domestically is in a bottle format, which is 100% recyclable.

The submission is available to members here. For more information, SAWIA members can contact Mark Gishen on 8222 9278 or mark@winesa.asn.au.


 
New recycling facility in the Barossa

SAWIA members with wineries and vineyards in the Barossa and nearby regions may be interested in a new recycling depot that is able to handle a wide range of wastes.

Fathers Farm in Nuriootpa will take e-waste and appliances, clear plastic film (clear and clean – baled or in a clear bag), chemical drums (triple rinsed, residue free and no caps), irrigation pipe and dripper line (free of contaminants, rolled or bundled and no wire), strapping (green only – in a clear bag or baled).

Smaller wineries in particular may find this useful to ensure much of their waste is recycled. For more information, contact Tony Thiele on 0487 703 470.

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OTHER

Super 101

Next to buying a home, superannuation is one of the largest assets most people will build in their life.

Superannuation is money that either your employer, or you and your employer take from your salary and deposit into a super fund for your retirement. Hostplus, SAWIA’s long-time Wine Industry Partner, gives you access to low fees, competitive performance and a host of free tools.

For more information click on the images to view two short videos, or contact Connie Letizia (0437 894 506) or Peter Barry (0410 621 364) for more information.

 


 

Wine course news – condensed WSET, gift vouchers and more

The next WSET Level 2 course (provided by TAFE SA on behalf of SAWIA) starts on 14 October at the National Wine Centre. This will be a condensed version of the course, taking place over four full Mondays rather than eight weeknights. If you are working in wine sales, looking to work in wine sales or have staff who sell your wine, this is an excellent opportunity to increase your skill base – learn more, sell more.

  If you are looking for a Father’s Day gift, SAWIA’s wine education gift vouchers are a great way to learn more about wine. Vouchers start at $79 for a three-hour Wine Essentials class.

SAWIA members and Wine Industry Partners receive a 15% discount for our wine courses. If you have new staff members or are looking to enhance the wine knowledge of existing staff, these courses are invaluable. We also offer corporate and private wine education sessions, a great team-building exercise.


Click here to obtain more information, register for a course or purchase a gift voucher, or contact Rhys Howlett on 8222 9271 or rhys@winesa.asn.au.




Australian 2019 vintage crush above predictions

 

The 2019 Australian winegrape crush is estimated to be 1.73 million tonnes, only 1% below the 10-year average, according to Wine Australia’s National Vintage Report. Red varieties were up by 16,224 tonnes (2%), while whites were down 66,949 tonnes (8%). Shiraz remained the dominant variety with 418,364 tonnes, accounting for 24% of the total crush.

The national average purchase price in 2019 was $664 per tonne, up 9% and the highest since 2008. However, the national average value is still well off its $933 peak in 2001.

The SA Winegrape Crush Survey 2019 Report is also now available. Increased tonnage in the Riverland and Limestone Coast were largely offset by a number of South Australian regions suffering significant losses, with the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley worst affected.

Overall, South Australia accounted for 50% of the national crush.


 

Funding for women’s leadership development

  New funding has been released to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s agriculture sector.

The initiative provides women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover Presence and Presentation Skills, Leading Innovation and Change, and Emotional Intelligence and Conflict.


Click here to register your interest or find out more.


 

Calling young guns of wine

  Nominations are now open for the 14th annual Young Gun of Wine, designed to recognise and showcase both young wine labels and winemakers on the rise.

Young Gun of Wine is open to those making all forms of wine, from the experimental to the traditional, whether under their own label or employed by a wine company.

For more information, click here.


 

WineEng 2019

  Future Planning & Risk Management is the theme of WineEng 2019 being held 11-12 September in the Barossa Valley.

Across two days, 20 presentations will focus on issues and technology associated with winemaking facilities and operations, including current and potential risks.


Click here to register or obtain more information.

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Dates for your diary

2019

2020