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New funding for South Australia’s grape and wine industry

The South Australian State Government has welcomed $3.5 million in federal funding to assist grape growers in diversifying crops, tapping into niche markets and developing insights to meet consumer demand for lighter alcohol products. 

The Grape and Wine Sector Long-term Viability Support Package aims to support the future sustainability of the grape and wine industry and to respond to the oversupply of red wine grapes.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Clare Scriven joined minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell and minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt for the funding announcement.

“This work is being led by South Australia and we recognise the wine oversupply issues are being felt acutely across our wine regions.

“It is pleasing to see the swift action from the Federal Government in announcing this funding for an important range of support measures, which will benefit the wine industry in South Australia.

“I will continue to work closely with my federal colleagues on longer-term actions to support improvement in the grape and wine sector and its long-term viability, and further recommendations will be considered at the next AMM in July,” said Scriven.

This package recognises the difficulties many wine grape growers and the broader wine and grape sector are facing due to trade disruptions and changing consumer trends.

In March, South Australia proposed to the Agriculture Ministers Meeting (AMM) that a national viticulture and wine sector working group be established.

This group would hear directly from growers and the broader industry and would provide recommendations to address these challenges.

  • Initiatives that will benefit the South Australian wine and viticulture sector also include:
  • scoping the establishment of a national vineyard register (including future forecasting);
  • increasing trade and market development activities in key emerging markets;
  • support for Australian wine export businesses to recover their market share; and;
  • support to diversify and expand Australia’s wine exports.

Further advice will also be provided regarding knowledge gaps and data needs to inform an acceleration in new product development, diversification, and future market entry/access.

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