Grant to fund study of Victoria’s growing wine industry

Posted by Isobel Drake on 21st August 2008

Victoria’s Regional and Rural Development Minister, Jacinta Allan, announced a $67,200 grant last week to help the Victorian Wine Industry Association to conduct research that will help the industry plan for future growth.”The Brumby Government is taking action to help Victoria’s food and wine industry continue to grow,” advised Ms Allan. “Victoria’s wine industry is a key contributor to the state’s economy with an annual turnover of about $1.3 billion and more than $650 million worth of wine exports in 2006.”

“There are 3000 growers, more that 850 wineries and 650 cellar doors across Victoria’s 21 wine regions employing hundreds of people and boosting tourism across regional and rural Victoria,” Ms Allan reported. “This study will provide valuable information to the industry, measuring the impact of drought, skills shortages and climate change on Victoria’s wineries.”

Ms Allan added that the study should provide valuable information to help Victoria’s wineries plan for the future.

“The study will also give the Brumby Government a clearer understanding of the contribution the Victorian wine industry makes to the economy,” Ms Allan noted.

The funding will be provided to the Victorian Wine Industry Association through the Food Industry for a Regionally Sustainable Tomorrow (FIRST) program.

A ‘Wine Regions of Victoria’ booklet, which details all of Victoria’s 21 diverse wine regions, has also been launched by the Government.