Six South East 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 doors. This could include adding an exclusive tasting room, bed and breakfast facility or educational program.
The businesses include Mount Benson Estate, Caroline Vineyard, Whistle Post Wines, Brand's Laira Coonawarra, and The Blok Estate Coonawarra.
As a further boost in funding to the region, the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council will receive $4500 in funding under the Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
The funding will be used to map the unique soils of individual wine regions within the South East. Cellar doors will be able to use this information to better promote their regions and boast the individual characteristics of their wines.
In addition, the Wrattonbully Wine Region Association will receive $6000 to explore the opening of a regional cellar door for local winemakers.The idea would help to attract and retain Naracoorte Cave tourists by establishing one central cellar door to marry the story of local wine and the region.
The grant programs are part of the 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.
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
The Cellar Door and Regional Wine Industry Association Grant Programs will help to ensure growth in the State's wine sector and further cement South Australia's reputation as a 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 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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