The Victorian Government is supporting the state’s world-class wine industry with a new $2.5 million package to help growers and producers impacted by the recent bushfires with technical advice to help make the best decisions for their business.

“Our wine industry is vibrant, diverse and a vital part of our economy – that’s why we’re ensuring the industry has access to the support and advice it needs to be best placed for this year’s vintage.” Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes visited the King Valley yesterday to endorse the package, which will support producers directly affected by the bushfires or whose current vintage of wine grapes may be affected by smoke exposure.

The support package includes:

  • $1.2 million for potential smoke exposure testing for growers which will provide a rebate to help growers get smoke exposure tests from specialist labs. The rebate will be capped at $1200 per grower and will be available state-wide
  • $1 million for grants to growers who receive a test result that suggests their grapes might be smoke affected to assist with technical decision-making advice and support
  • $300,000 to research reliable and inexpensive predictive tests for potential quality impacts of smoke.

The support package is in addition to the assistance the Victorian Government has been providing since 23 January for the collection and transport of grape samples to laboratories for testing of potential quality impacts of smoke.

The wine industry bushfire support package builds on the government’s investment in Victoria’s wine industry, through the Wine Industry Development Strategy.

For further details about accessing the new support package, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au.

About Victoria's wine exports

Victoria has been exporting world-class wines for more than 150 years and is the third largest wine producing state in Australia. Our multi award-winning winemakers offer the international market a range of varietals in every conceivable style and price, and for every palate.

  • In 2018-19, Victorian wine exports increased by 12 per cent to $404 million
  • Wine exports from Victoria were valued at A$363 million in 2017-18, an increase of A$73 million from 2016-17.
  • Red wine exports remained the strongest performer, accounting for 79 per cent of wine exports from Victoria.
  • China and the United Kingdom were Victoria’s largest markets for wine exports valued at A$167 million and A$50 million respectively