South African wine industry secures $ 1 million pledge
Under the new agreement with the government, the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) will receive $ 250,000 per year over four years to support the development of the industry.
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham said reaching a funding deal until 2026 gives certainty to the wine industry.
“Marshall’s Liberal Government funding for SAWIA has helped support the development of the wine industry in all parts of South Australia and we recognize the importance of this program for the future,” said the Minister Basham.
“Given the impact of drought, bushfires, COVID-19 and significant international market losses, the next five years are crucial for the wine industry in South Australia.
“The wine industry plays a central role in the state’s economic fortunes, so it is important that we continue to help winemakers and cellar doors where we can.
“This agreement will secure SAWIA’s future as a strong industrial development organization through 2026, leading to the continued support that has been vital to our iconic industry during a difficult time. “
SAWIA President Nick Waterman welcomed the $ 1 million funding commitment, noting that he had seen key projects completed in the areas of responsiveness, business planning workshops and financial literacy and consumer education.
“This support allows us to continue to improve business resilience, future planning and development of the wine industry, which in turn benefits the economic growth of the state, particularly in our wine regions of South Australia, ”Mr. Waterman said.
“Having the certainty of this funding allows SAWIA and the wine regions of South Australia to develop pathways that will continue to deliver measurable benefits to industry and government. “
The latest consumer education event called “Reserved” takes place at the South Australian Museum on June 25, 2021 and is presented by SAWIA and the Great Wine Capitals Network.
During the paid event, 15 South Australian wineries will serve their reserved, museum-free, cellar-only, hard-to-find wines.
For more information on the booked tour, click here.