South Australian wineries and association receive state government funding boost
44 wineries will receive up to $25,000 each as part of Cellar Door Grants Program
Forty-four South Australian wineries will receive up to $25,000 each as part of the State Government's new $1 million Cellar Door Grants Program.
The Cellar Door Grants Program assists wineries to upgrade and diversify their cellar door experience. This could include adding an exclusive tasting room, bed and breakfast facility or educational program.
The 44 wineries – in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Riverland, Padthaway, Mount Gambier, Robe and Southern Fleurieu – will receive a total of $988,505.
An additional 10 projects across nine South Australian regional grape and wine industry associations will receive funding as part of the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program to develop regional wine tourism and visitor experiences.
The nine grape and wine industry associations – covering the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Limestone Coast, Riverland, Kangaroo Island and Wrattonbully regions – will receive funding of approximately $313,000.
The grant programs are part of the State Government's new $1.8 million per year South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme which was developed to increase wine sales, visitor numbers and create jobs.
South Australia's wine sector made exceptional gains in 2015-16 – generating almost $2.11 billion in revenue, up almost $330 million on the previous year.
Recent data also shows the State's visitor economy has grown by $800 million in the past year to reach a massive $6.2 billion – the highest on record. South Australia's wine industry contributes significantly to the tourist experience and continues to support growth in this sector.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said: "We are also giving money to wine regions so they can fund projects that will boost their profile and improve their standing in the global market place. The benefits of these projects will flow to grape growers, winemakers, individual wine brands, culinary tourism operations, restaurants, food and wine event organisers, and our regional communities."
Recipients (by region)
Cellar Door grants: Golding Wines, The Lane Wine Co, Ochre Nation, Karrawatta, Adelaide Hills Investments, Anderson Hill, O’Leary Walker Wines, Longview Vineyards, Tapanappa Wines and CRFT Wines.
The Adelaide Hills Wine Region Association will receive $16,000 in funding under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Tomfoolery Wines, Smallfry Wines, Michael Hall Wines/John Hughes Wines (joint application), Hentley Farm, Wine Dutschke, Natasha Mooney Wine Architect, St Hugo, Kaesler Wines, Fernfield, Sons of Eden, Illaparra Winery/ Basedow’s (joint application), Tscharke Wines and Seabrook Wines.
The Barossa Grape and Wine Association will receive $100,000 in funding for two projects under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Mitchell Wines, Wines by KT and Adelina Wines.
The Clare Valley Winemakers Association will receive $40,000 in funding under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Whistle Post Wines, Brands Laira Coonawarra and The Blok Estate.
Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association is set to receive $23,000 in funding under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Bleasdale Vineyards and Bremerton Wines.
The Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine Association will receive just under $50,000 under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Mount Benson Estate, Caroline Vineyard and Scott Longbottom Vignerons Trust.
The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council will receive $4,500 and the Wrattonbully Wine Region Association will receive $6,000 in funding under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Inkwell Wines, Samson Tall, Springs Hill Vineyard, S.C Pannell Wines, Zerella Wines, Gemtree Wines and Zonte’s Footstep/Mr Riggs/The General Wine Bar (joint application).
The McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association will receive $50,000 under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Byrne Vineyards and Mallee Estate Wines.
The Riverland Wine Industry Development Council will receive $24,000 in funding under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
Cellar Door grants: Allusion Wines.
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