Sunday 29 January 2017
The Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association is set to receive $23,000 in funding as part of the State Government’s new $600,000 Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program.
The Regional Wine Industry Association Grants Program helps to develop regional wine tourism and visitor experiences. This could include footpaths, bike paths, signage or other means to support cellar doors at the regional level.
The funding will help Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association work with local cellar doors to identify peak visitor seasons and determine consumer preferences.
The Program is part of the State Government’s new $1.8 million per year South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme which was developed to increase wine sales, visitor numbers and create jobs.
South Australia’s wine sector made exceptional gains in 2015-16 – generating almost $2.11 billion in revenue, up almost $330 million on the previous year.
In total, 9 regional wine industry associations across the State were successful in receiving grants under the South Australian Wine Industry Development Scheme.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said, “Kangaroo Island is really making a splash in the world of wine as wineries work together with KI food producers to grow their businesses along with the Island’s reputation for food and wine.”
The Regional Wine Industry Association Grant Programs will help to ensure growth in the State’s wine sector and further cement South Australia’s reputation as a producer of premium wine.
With the upgrade to the Island’s airport, this funding will help boost the number of interstate visitors and ensure they stay longer and spend more money at the Island’s cellar doors.
In 2015-16, South Australia’s food and wine sector generated more than $18.6 billion in revenue – and in the 12 months to August 2016, 3400 jobs were created. Increasing the funding for this crucial industry means more jobs in our regions.
The benefits of these projects will flow to grape growers, winemakers, individual wine brands, culinary tourism operations, restaurants, food and wine event organisers, and the broader community.
Adelaide’s membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network provides benefits across the State – promoting our regions on an international stage. The scheme ensures all visitors attracted to South Australia’s cellar doors experience the best our vintners have to offer.
Last year, Adelaide was invited to join the network Adelaide was invited to join the global network which also includes San Francisco/Napa Valley (US), Bordeaux (France), Bilbao/Rioja (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Mainz/Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal) and Valparaìso/Casablanca Valley (Chile).