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.
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The South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme will help to ensure growth in the State's wine sector and further cement South Australia's reputation as a world-leading producer of premium wine.
Our Government wants to help small wineries and larger businesses to be innovative and to invest in the upgrades to their cellar door so visitors receive a world-class experience at a Great Wine Capital winery.
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.
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 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 our regional communities.
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) and Valparaìso/Casablanca Valley (Chile) and Verona (Italy).
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