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How grape growers can survive in the short and long term will be the key focus of a day-long seminar at Renmark later this year.
Organisers of the annual Some Like It Hot seminar on November 6 have organised a star-studded list of guest speakers to give a health check on the future of the Riverland wine industry.
Climate change, international exports and the River Murray will come under the spotlight at the seminar, which will be held at Renmark’s Chaffey Theatre.
Wine industry environmental expert Amy Russell, SA’s leading water policy expert Professor Mike Young and Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation information manager Lawrie Stanford are among the guest speakers confirmed for the event.
Some Like It Hot is widely regarded as one of the country’s premium seminars focussed on warm climate irrigated wine regions.
“The timing of the event could not be better. By November we will have a much better idea of where we all stand in relation to water supply,” said Riverland Wine Industry Development Council executive officer Cameron Hills.
“In difficult times it is important for growers to make informed decisions and on that basis alone, no one can afford to miss out on the range of information that will be provided at this seminar.
“The high Australian dollar, drought and water restrictions mean this is a turbulent time for the local industry and it is imperative individuals are armed with high quality information.”
Discussions at the 2008 event will include an industry update, corporate perspective and what is sure to be a heated discussion on climate change.
“Networking is also a big part of this event, which has been lauded as one of the major wine industry events in the State,” Cameron said.
Registrations for the event will open on July 30 with early bid prices starting at just $35. Registrations can be made online here with credit card payment available for the first time.