Victoria’s Wine Industry Keeps Sparkling Under Labor

30 July 2018

Victoria’s wine industry will taste even better thanks to a $2 million boost from the Andrews Labor Government
through the third round of the Wine Growth Fund.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard represented Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar in Ballarat today to announce the funding and expanded guidelines for the Fund.

The Wine Growth Fund aims to develop and sustainably grow the wine industry in Victoria by providing innovative growers, organisations and projects with funding to build both domestic and international markets.

The Fund supports activities including marketing, exporting, tourism and business development.

The guidelines have been altered so infrastructure projects that attract significant investment and create new jobs are eligible for grants up to $100,000.

The first two rounds of the Fund supported 106 projects worth nearly $2 million – a huge injection of investment in Victoria’s highly regarded wine industry.

These projects have created new jobs in the wine industry, generated an increase in visitation to Victoria’s wineries, and increased sales and exports of Victorian wines.

The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Labor Government’s boost the wine industry, which also includes the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Applications are open to businesses or organisations from all wine regions in Victoria directly involved in the wine industry, including the growing, making and marketing of wine.

For more detail about eligible projects, funding priorities and how to apply, contact your local RDV Business Centre.External Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“The Wine Growth Fund has successfully supported more than 100 projects to help grow Victoria’s wine industry and we’re proud to announce a third round of this program.”

“Victorian winemakers produce beautiful wines for every occasion, taste and price and we’re supporting them on the world stage and closer to home.”

Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“The wine industry contributes more than $7.6 billion to our economy and employs more than 13,000 people in grape growing, wine making, cellar door sales and hospitality operations – that’s why we’re investing in its future.”

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