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WINEMAKERS’ Federation of Australia board member Colin Campbell expressed disappointment over the apathy for yesterday’s open forum in Rutherglen to discuss the future of the wine industry.
About 16 winemakers and grape growers from the King Valley, Beechworth and Alpine Valley regions gave their views on a series of proposals to help wine businesses restore profitability and lift asset values.
Suggestions from the floor included how to improve marketing
initiatives for Australian wines.
“The room should have been full of people,” Mr Campbell said.
“There are a lot of wineries in this part of the world, it’s disappointing.”
The fourth generation winemaker, who helped chair the meeting, said it was a great opportunity for vignerons to have their input.
“It’s a fantastic thing that the industry recognises there’s a problem and they have done something about, consulting with people on the ground,” Mr Campbell said.
The federation has said the wine industry is suffering from a decline in profits because of the high exchange rate, retail consolidation and an over-supply of grapes and wine.
A federation report released last month called for reform of the rebate that supports regional wineries, a code of conduct with Woolworths and Coles and further moves to correct over-supply.
The federation will tour major wine regions to consult before finalising the report and implementing actions from November.
President Tony D’Aloisio said a lot of work went into the document.
“The actions come under demand, supply, tax and under retail power,” he said.
“Generally speaking, the meeting was supportive of all the actions that the federation is proposing to take.”