Fire recovery

Last updated 19 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

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

Free AWRI webinars

Registration is now open for a series of five webinars across five weeks designed to assist growers who are dealing with fire-damaged vineyards.Each webinar will include a presentation and an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

All webinars are free to attend but do require registration:

  1. 23 April 2020: Rapid visual assessment and mapping of fire-damaged vineyards with Colin Hinze, Rural Directions
  2. 30 April 2020: Using bud dissection as a tool to evaluate the impacts of fire on grapevines and inform pruning decisions with Cassandra Collins, the University of Adelaide. 
  3. 7 May 2020: What should you consider when purchasing grapevine planting material? with Nick Dry, Foundation Viticulture.
  4. 14 May 2020: Principles for re-establishing fire damaged vineyards: winter pruning and preparation with Richard Hamilton, Hamilton Viticulture. 
  5. 21 May 2020: Principles for re-establishing fire damaged vineyards: training fire-damaged vines and replants with Richard Hamilton, Hamilton Viticulture. 

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

Australian Psychological Society - Recovering from bushfires

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 


Mental Health Services Helpline, 1800 332 388 

Rural Alive and Well, 1300 4357 6283


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


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 or 0410600075. 




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.


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.


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


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 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.


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.

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