Three wineries on Kangaroo Island will be offered up to $25,000 each as part of the State Government’s Cellar Door Grants Program, to help them upgrade and diversify their cellar doors to provide visitors with a world class experience.
The newly funded projects are:
- The Island Estate: to upgrade its cellar door facilities for public wine tastings to be offered seven days a week
- Battle of Bosworth Wines: to build a new cellar door with scenic views of Nepean Bay on Kangaroo Island
- Dudley Wines: to develop an outdoor adventure area to cater for visitors travelling with family and friends.
In addition, the Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association will receive $48,500 under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program to develop regional wine tourism and visitor experiences.
The funding will be used for the Kangaroo Island Events project to help cellar doors and wine producers to collaborate, attend and coordinate events - both on Kangaroo Island and on mainland SA.
This will help to build brand awareness and their reputation as a premium wine region, in a bid to further drive visitor numbers and sales.
The Cellar Door Grants Program is part of the State Government’s $1.8 million South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme which was created to increase wine sales, visitor numbers and create jobs by ensuring wineries could offer visitors a world class experience.
In total, 55 wineries and seven regional wine industry associations across the state have been successful this year.
South Australia’s wine sector has made exceptional gains in 2015-16 – generating $2.11 billion in revenue for the state, up almost $330 million on the previous year.
For more information visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/winescheme
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
Since we launched the South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme we’ve offered funding to 112 wineries for cellar door developments, and to 10 regional wine associations to run 22 projects to further build awareness for their regions and attract greater visitor numbers.
We’ve seen many exciting projects come to life and I’ve been fortunate to open a number of completed cellar door projects in SA.
It’s fantastic some of this funding will go to wineries on Kangaroo Island, to help create an even more memorable experience for visitors.
Kangaroo Island is a magnificent part of the world and we want the many tourists who visit a winery during their stay to have a world class experience, and to tell their family and friends all about it.
Many of the projects funded through this program have added significant value to the traditional cellar door experiences – providing consumers with a broader wine tourism offering, such as educational wine classes, café and restaurant facilities or outdoor walking trails.
The South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme will help to ensure growth in the State’s wine sector and further cement Adelaide’s position as a Great Wine Capital.