The Andrews Labor Government is backing the Macedon Ranges Wine Region with a $68,775 package to increase Australian and overseas markets, boost wine tourism and grow local businesses in the region.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford joined Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas at Passing Clouds Winery in Musk today to announce the funding from the Labor Government’s $1.5 million Wine Growth Fund.
Passing Clouds, in conjunction with Daylesford Spa Country Railway, will receive $30,000 to expand its tasting room and build a railway platform as a stop for the tourist train.
Other projects in Macedon Ranges Wine Region set to receive funding include:
- Granite Hills Wines, to develop exports to Asia
- Guildford Vineyard and Cellar, to improve tourist and function facilities
- Sandy Farm Winery, to establish walking tracks with fitness points that lead to the winery
- Wilimee, to implement sustainable wine practices
The Wine Growth Fund supports wine businesses to innovate and grow in a range of areas aligned to the industry’s strategic direction, and the Wine Strategy.
Grants from round one and round two of the Wine Growth Fund represent a total investment of $1.6 million towards Victorian wine industry.
Victoria’s wine industry continues to sparkle on the world stage, with 800 wineries and 3,000 vineyards across the state, employing 12,000 people and generating $1.5 billion each year.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“Nothing tastes sweeter than success and our Macedon growers can be proud of their efforts in developing sustainable, attractive and innovative projects that will see wine sippers flock to the region.”
“Christmas is a time to celebrate, so do it locally and raise a glass with Victorian wine.”
“The Wine Growth Fund aims to grow the industry by providing innovative growers, organisations and projects with funding to expand. It supports activities from the vineyard to the cellar door and beyond.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“With the Macedon Ranges on Melbourne’s doorstep, visiting regional Victoria just keep getting better. We’re bringing wine, food and culture together and nothing could be better than that.”
“There is a diversity and character to a fine Macedon Ranges drop, and I want to congratulate all our recipients for their ideas and passion.”