Fire recovery

Last updated 11 February 2020

Message from our Chief Executive Officer

The start to 2020 has been a difficult one for individuals, businesses and communities affected by fires across Australia. 

While the actual footprint of affected vineyards is less than one per cent of Australia’s total vineyard area of more than 146,000 hectares, our thoughts are with those who have lost friends, loved ones, vineyards, wineries, pets and livestock.

While there are still challenging months ahead, with the risk of further fires it is apparent that the best way to move forward is to work together to do everything we can to strongly support affected individuals, businesses and regions. 

Wine Australia is here to support producers in any way we can. We are working closely with the Department of Agriculture, Australian Grape & Wine, state and regional wine organisations and the Australian Wine Research Institute and other partner research agencies to provide the best support and information available.

Many organisations are stepping in to raise funding and provide other support. We have assembled a broad but no means comprehensive list below. 

If you have fundraising ventures that you would like added to the list, please send a request to communications@wineaustralia.com.

While Wine Australia will endeavour to ensure those on the list are genuine, it is impossible for us to guarantee this and people should use their best judgement before donating. 

Andreas Clark 

 

Media releases and articles

7 January 2020: Bushfires draw Australian wine sector closer

31 January 2020: Smoke taint – seeing through the haze

Support for grapegrowers and winemakers

Finlaysons bushfire insurance information session

Australian Grape & Wine affiliate member, Finlaysons, will be holding a free information session for grape growers, wineries and others affected by the fires, who have made, or are likely to make, an insurance claim.

The information session will be held at Golding Wines,  52 Western Branch Rd, Lobethal on 13 February 2020. It will run from 4.00pm until questions are exhausted, closing between 5.30pm and 6.00pm. Details and registration here.

Mental Health Resources

A full list of available mental health services can be accessed directly on the Farm Hub website 

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14. 

New South Wales 

NSW Mental Health Line, 1800 011 511 

Mental Health Association of Queensland

NQ Connect, 1300 059 625 

South Australia 

SA Regional Access, 1300 032 186 

Tasmania 

Mental Health Services Helpline, 1800 332 388 

Rural Alive and Well, 1300 4357 6283

Victoria 

Sale, 03 5143 1212 (AH: 1300 363 322) 

Bairnsdale, 03 5150 3444 (AH: 1300 363 322) 

Orbost, 03 5154 1807 (AH: 1300 363 322) 

Western Australia 

Crisis Care counselling service, 1800 199 008 

Fundraising and support activities

Australia

The Margaret River community has banded together to run an online auction to support fire affected wine regions around Australia.

The auction is being facilitated by the Margaret River Wine Association with the support of the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association.

All funds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund and the regional causes recommended by Wine Australia and Australia Grape & Wine.

The auction commenced on 24 January 2020 closes on closes at 5pm (AWST) on 7 February 2020 and aims to raise $100,000. Unless indicated otherwise shipping within Australia is included. International bidders are asked to negotiate with the donation provider.


The Drinks Association and Hip Media will donate all profits from a 32 page Bush Fire special edition to the WWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund. The special edition will cover the effects of the fire and talk about positive ways the trade can support wine growers and makers. Any businesses wanting to align themselves to the initiative should contact ashley@hipmedia.com.au or 0410600075. 


International 

Canada

Toronto

Montecito Restaurant & By The Glass Montecito will donate a portion of sales on select by the glass and by the bottle Australian wines to the Australian Red Cross and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal.

The Oxley Pub. $1 per glass and $5 per bottle of Australian wine sold will be donated to the Australian Red Cross.

Peter Pan Bistro will donate $1 from every glass of Jim Barry Watervale Riesling sold to Wires Wildlife rescue.

St Regis Hotel Toronto will be donating 15 per cent of all Australian wine sales to the Australian Red Cross.

Thirsty and Curious Tasting Event is a festival-style Australian wine tasting on 20 February 2020 at Montecito Restaurant in Toronto that will support the Australian Red Cross and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal.

Vancouver

Cascade Room in Vancouver are donating two dollars from every Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay or Shiraz ordered by the glass to raise money for WIRES, a wildlife rescue service in New South Wales. They are also donating two dollars from every Aussie Burger and one dollar from every Main Street Pilsner and Absolut vodka lemon-lime bitters cocktail sold.

Chambar is donating two dollars from each glass of Rieslingfreak No. 3 Clare Valley Riesling  sold to Australian fire brigades.


Japan

Restaurant SAKE & WINE tono will donate 200yen from every glass of Australian wine.

The Winery Tokyo is running 'HELP Australia' fundraising event till the end of February 2020 and will be donating 500yen per bottle of Australian wine sales to the Australian Red Cross. 


UK 

Alliance Wine will be making a donation from sales of Thistledown wines sold in January and February 2020.

Irish-American restaurant and bar Darby’s in London will donate £1 from every glass or £10 from every bottle of Vinterloper Touriga Nacional sold.

Elliot’s Wine bar and restaurant in London’s Borough Market is collecting donations from customers, which they will be matching.

Wine merchant Hennings will be making a donation from ticket sales of their Matthew Jukes 100 Best event in March 2020.

Australian café Lantana in London will collect donations from diners in January and February 2020.

Lea & Sandeman (shops, website and on-trade) will be donating £1 of every bottle of Australian wine sold to charities WIRES & the Australian Red Cross until 21 March. 

Pacific London is collecting donations from diners in January and February 2020.

Wine merchant Roberson Wine is donating 10% of their Australian wine sales to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal.

The Laughing Heart wine bar and restaurant in London will be making donations from glasses and bottles of Australian wine sold.

Three Test Match Series. A series of three ‘Test Match’ challenges involving Miles Corish MW of Milestone Wines and Richard Kelley MW of Dreyfus Ashby UK. The tests are in Cheshire (4 March), Yorkshire (5 March 2020) and London (11 March 2020). 


USA

New York

Webber Restaurant Group, Massachusets (Bancroft & Co., Gibbet Hill Grill, The Bancroft) 10 per cent of all Australian Wine Sales donated to Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief.

San Francisco

A Story in Union in San Francisco are holding an Australian Bushfire Relief fundraiser on Saturday 29 February 2020, with proceeds raised going to WIRES and the NSW Rural Fire Service.  


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