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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Media releases and articles
7 January 2020: Bushfires draw Australian wine sector closer
31 January 2020: Smoke taint – seeing through the haze