Thirteen cellar projects in the Barossa 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 upgrade and diversify their cellar doors. This could include adding an exclusive tasting room, bed and breakfast facility or educational program.
The 15 Barossa businesses involved are 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.
As a further boost in funding to the region, the Barossa Grape and Wine Association will receive $100,000 in funding for two projects under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
The development of a two kilometre bike / walking track along Seppeltsfield road will link with the existing trail and provide access to more than 17 cellar doors situated in one of the most picturesque, historic and culturally rich areas of the region.
At the same time, a refresh and refinement of the Barossa brand will be completed with a view to integrating the new brand into individual winery brands – supporting the region's preeminent status as a wine region.
The grant programs are part of the State Government's annual $1.8 million per year South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme which was created 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.
In total, 44 wineries and nine regional wine industry associations across the State were successful in receiving grants under the South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme.
Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell
These State Government grants will help boost business in the wine and tourism sectors in our local area.
In 2015-16, South Australia's food and wine sector generated more than $18.6 billion in revenue – and in the 12 months to August 2016, 3400 additional jobs were created. Increasing the funding for this crucial industry means more jobs in our regions.
The benefits of these projects will flow to grape growers, winemakers, individual wine brands, culinary tourism operations, restaurants, food and wine event organisers, and the broader community.
Adelaide's membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network provides benefits across the State – promoting our regions on an international stage. The scheme ensures all visitors attracted to South Australia's cellar doors experience the best our vintners have to offer.
Last year, Adelaide was invited to join the global network which also includes San Francisco/Napa Valley (US), Bordeaux (France), Bilbao/Rioja (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal) Valparaìso/Casablanca Valley (Chile) and Verona (Italy).
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