Adelaide | A high proportion of grape growers are looking to sell long-held family vineyards, say industry insiders, amid continuing poor profitability for some South Australian operations.
The Winemakers Federation 2015 vintage report shows that on average just one per cent of the crop from South Australia’s Riverland was sold at profit this year.
The vast majority of the crush – 92 per cent – was sold below the average cost of production, four per cent broke even and three per cent turned a “low profit”.
The Riverland figures are in stark contrast to those for growers in other SA regions. More than half of the Barossa vintage – 57 per cent – was sold at a profit this year. Growers in MacLaren Vale achieved 49 per cent profitability on average this year.
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Adelaide | UPDATED: One of the owners of a popular Adelaide Hills food business has caused a social media storm after criticising a local newspaper for its “promotion” of “the homosexuality campaign”.
Social media users are threatening to boycott the popular Lobethal Bakery, after a letter to the editor from owner Ruth Trinkle was published in the Mt Barker Courier newspaper yesterday.
A “boycott Lobethal Bakery” Facebook page has been set up on Facebook, and Twitter users have been vowing to avoid the popular bakery after the letter was posted to social media overnight.
The bakery this afternoon released a statement distancing itself from Trinkle’s letter and asserting it was not “homophobic” (scroll down for the full statement).
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Los Angeles | Australian authorities, who have led the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, are working to determine if debris washed up on an isolated Indian Ocean island is from the missing plane.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was notified by French officials on Reunion Island late on Wednesday (AEST) of the discovery of what appears to be part of a wing.
The ATSB is working with the plane’s manufacturer, Boeing, to identify if it is from MH370.
“We’ve received some pictures of the item and we are having them assessed by the manufacturers as to what they may be,” ATSB spokesman Joe Hattley told AAP.
The 2m-long piece was found by people on Reunion who were cleaning up a beach.
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PHILIP WHITE WINE REVIEWS | Whitey pays tribute to Joch Bosworth, a South Australian organic wine pioneer.
Battle of Bosworth McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013
$25; 14.5% alcohol; screw cap; 85+ points
It’s 20 years since Joch Bosworth began converting his father’s Willunga piedmont vineyards to organic management. Even today some naives expect organic and biodynamic winegrowers to have dreadlocks and lederhosen and slap fish and howl on the roof under the full moon; such mistrust was a lot worse in 1995. Organics were voodoo; Roundup was more than politically correct: it was morally compulsory.
The determinedly conservative farmer Joch was never a slapper of fish. But he made an early observation: after the summer dry and harvest, the first autumn rains saw soursobs dominate the vineya Full Story »