In May of last year Minister Bignell announced a new industry grant scheme for the South Australian wine sector. In The scheme was introduced following widespread consultations that resulted in a PIRSA proposition to abolish the Cellar Door Liquor Subsidy Scheme (CDLSS) and to substitute the Wine Industry Development Scheme (WIDS). The state government has allocated $1.8 million a year as an inducement to all South Australian wine regions and individual wine businesses to explore opportunities that may include infrastructure improvements for wine producers to increase their capacity to produce and store premium wine, to contribute towards new cellar door facilities and for specific activities to promote the wine sector through targeted events and marketing initiatives.
The first round of successful grantees has been announced with three separate grants going to the Riverland: to Mallee estates at Renmark, Byrne Vineyard’s at Morgan and to Riverland Wine.
Keep your eye on this column for more details of just how these grants will be spent in support of the industry in this region.
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