across SA. The main regions are Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek, Mc- Laren Vale and Riverland. Smaller sub-regions such as Padthaway and Eden Valley are located from Eyre Penin- sula to Mount Gambier. ‘‘ All wine regions have indicated at some point in time in the past 12 months a difficulty in attracting workers,’’ Smedley says.
‘‘ We’re not necessarily getting a lot of people going back to the regions to work.’’
More young people need to be developed through their careers from entry-level positions or encouraged to return home, while attracting people from outside regions also is on the agenda.
Smedley says skilled workers are not just required to work on site at wineries.
‘‘ For a smaller company in a regional town – the issue is still getting someone to understand the business aspects of a wine business,’’ he says.
‘‘ It’s not just doing the books as a bookkeeper but someone who can understand the financial signals.’’
Sirromet Wines assistant winemaker Jessica Ferguson (pictured on cover) is a qualified industrial chemist from Hobart who found analysing wine was much more interesting than sampling food, soils and herbal tablets.
Together with Sirromet’s chief winemaker Adam Chapman, Ferguson has been working at the company’s operation in Queensland for more than eight and a half years.