McLaren Vale last night, released the results of the first assessment of the regions world-class sustainability program, McLaren Vale Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (MVSWGA) at a community event held at the McLaren Vale Bocce Club attended by approximately 100 people.
Industry representatives on the night included Damien Griffante, Entwine; Elise Le Page-King and staff, AUSQUAL; Danni Oliver, CSIRO; Lynn Chamberlain and Stephen Smith, DEWNR; Elise Hayes, GWRDC; Lawrie Stanford and Simon Berry, WGGA; Marcel Essling, AWRI.
The release of the results are a significant milestone for the program, which is one of the finest programs for viticultural sustainability in the world, and one which the McLaren Vale growers have embraced.
|Belinda Bramley, Peter Hayes, Irina Santigo, Peter Ali & Damien Griffante|
McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA) Chairman Peter Hayes said that “Uptake of MVSWGA and the results generated have certainly exceeded expectation and to have achieved better than 30% participation in each of these key measures is an exceptional result in the first full year of the program,”
Remarkably, participation in MVSWGA has grown 112.2% in the past 12 months, from 41 growers in 2011 to 87 in 2012, representing a 158.9% growth in vineyard area.
The total area of vineyard reported by MVSWGA members was 2,255 hectares, an impressive 30.2% of the total McLaren Vale vineyard area. Winegrape tonnage reported was 11,905 tonnes from a total regional harvest of 31,775t, or 37.5% of the region’s winegrape crop for 2012.
Click here to download the regional results.