The Clare Valley wine region is set to reap the benefits of the State Government's new $1.8 million Wine Industry Development Scheme, designed to boost visitor numbers and support the wine industry.
Three Clare Valley wineries - Eldredge Vineyards, Hill River Clare Estate and Jeanneret Wines - are the latest businesses to be offered grants of up to $25,000 as part of the successful Cellar Door Grants Program, allowing them to upgrade and diversify their cellar doors.
This brings the total number of wineries funded in the Clare Valley under the scheme to six with Mitchell Wines, Wines by KT and Adelina Wines previously announced as grant recipients under the scheme.
These businesses are in addition to the announcement the Clare Valley Winemakers Association would receive $40,000 in funding through the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program - aimed at boosting regional wine tourism.
Twelve South Australian wineries - across McLaren Vale, Clare, Barossa and Langhorne Creek - will share in $290,000 in funding as part of the announcements today under the SA Wine Industry Development Scheme.
This brings the total funding under the Cellar Door Grants Program to $1.27 million shared among 56 wineries - in the Barossa, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe and Southern Fleurieu.
South Australia's wine sector generated $2.11 billion in revenue in 2015-16, up almost $330 million on the previous year.
South Australia's wine industry contributes significantly to the tourist experience and continues to support growth in this sector.
The Cellar Door Grants Program is a key component of the $1.8 million a year SA Wine Industry Development Scheme.
For more information on the scheme visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/winescheme
The Clare Valley had around 572,000 international and domestic visits, staying more than 1.8 million nights (Sept 2016 NVS and IVS results).
Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell
South Australia is, without doubt, Australia's wine state - we produce almost 80% of the country's premium wine and have been formally recognised as an internationally-renowned wine region through our membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
The global network is opening exciting possibilities to help drive regional wine tourism and through the SA Wine Industry Development Program we're ensuring businesses can leverage the benefits of increased tourism and international exposure.
The Cellar Door Grants Program is about supporting our wine sector - helping wineries invest in their cellar doors.
The Clare Valley is known as the heart of Australian Riesling - it's home to some of the best in the country - and is one of the country's oldest wine-producing areas, with a winemaking history dating back 150 years.
In 2015-16, South Australia's food and wine sector generated more than $18.6 billion in revenue and funding for this crucial industry which will strengthen regional economies and increase jobs.
The $1.8 million SA Wine Industry Development Scheme will ensure the benefits from Adelaide/South Australia's membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network flow across the state - promoting all 18 of SA's wine regions on an international stage.