South Australian wine industry gets $1 million boost

Wineries funded: Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, David Basham meets with McLaren Vale wine company owner Anna Fisher. Photo: Supplied.

Wineries funded: Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, David Basham meets with McLaren Vale wine company owner Anna Fisher. Photo: Supplied.

South Australia's wine industry has received $1 million in state government funding to support the development of new projects.

Under the new agreement, the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) will receive $250,000 a year over four years.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, David Basham said the funding agreement would be in place until 2026.

"The Marshall Liberal Government funding for SAWIA has been highly successful in supporting the development of the wine industry across every region of South Australia and we acknowledge the importance of this program continuing into the future," Minister Basham said.

"Given the impact of drought, bushfires, COVID-19 and significant international market loss, the next five years are crucial for the wine industry in South Australia."

Minister Basham said the wine industry played a pivotal role in the state's economic outlook.

"This agreement will guarantee the future of SAWIA as a strong industry development organisation through until 2026, leading to a continuation of support that has been vital to our iconic industry during a challenging period," he said.

SAWIA president Nick Waterman welcomed the funding and said it would contribute to the delivery of key projects in the areas of responsiveness, business planning and financial literacy workshops and consumer education.

"This support allows us to continue to improve business resilience, future planning and development in the wine industry, which in turn is of benefit to the state's economic growth, particularly in our wine regions across South Australia," Mr Waterman said.

"Having certainty for this funding allows SAWIA and the wine regions in South Australia to develop pathways that will continue to deliver measurable benefits to the industry and the state."

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