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Continuing oversupply of wine concerns Clare Valley grape growers

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Wine grape growers in the Clare Valley have raised concerns that the continuing oversupply of wine in Australia, particularly Riesling, could significantly damage the SA region.

Three quarters of the wine produced Clare Valley winery, Pikes Wines, are white varieties and chief wine maker, Andrew Pike says that the situation is “probably going to get worse before it gets better…”

"There's quite a lot of vineyard, currently contracted to some of the larger players, that's going to come out of contract in the next two years,” Pike told ABC News.

"It's difficult to see where that fruit is going to find a home in the current climate.

"The last thing we would want to see is a whole lot of Riesling come onto the market which may well be snapped up at bargain base prices."

Troy Van Dulken, president of the Clare Valley Wine Grape Growers Association said that he doesn’t think that wine makers in the region should be too worried, but believes that region needs to be more proactive in promoting the region’s point of difference.

"I think it's more about making Clare its own thing rather than worrying about what other regions do," says Van Dulken.

“New markets are opening up all the time,"

"...There's a bit of an oversupply around the place but I think over the next two or three years you'll find Clare will find some equilibrium."

While some wine grape growing regions are concerned with an oversupply over wine, recent heavy rain in the Southern Tablelands of NSW has resulted in an outbreak of botrytis cinerea, a necrotrophic fungus that affects wine grapes.

Some growers stated that they have lost up to half of their crop due to the fungus.

photo credit: Kris Krug via photopin cc

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