Fire recovery

Last updated 23 January 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 release

7 January 2020: Bushfires draw Australian wine sector closer

Support for grapegrowers and winemakers

AWRI helpdesk 08 8313 6600 helpdesk@awri.com.au 

Managing vineyards post fire – AWRI webinar 

Managing smoke impacts – AWRI resources

Recovery of vineyards after a fire a case study (podcast)

Recovery of vineyards after a fire a case study (PDF)

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 

Government Support

Fundraising and support activities

International 

Canada

The Caledonian Scottish Public House & Whisky Bar. All donations from 26 February 2020 Hunter Laing Whisky Tasting will be donated to Australian Wildfire relief.

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.

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.

Finland

A tasting of Bird in Hand (Adelaide Hills) and Tamburlaine (Hunter Valley) wines with Thirsty Bear at Nomad Cellars on 22 January 2020 in Helsinki. Contact info@thirstybear.fi for more details.

Japan

Wine cafe Irodori is holding a small auction to support Australia with Australian wine on 26 January 2020 from 12:00

Restaurant OUT in Tokyo is holding a special bar event on 17 January 2020 from 18:00 with 100 per cent of alcohol sales to be donated equally to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal and RSPCA South Australia Bushfire Appeal.

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.

Throughout January 2020, Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto in London will be donating £1 from every glass sold of Dandelion Barossa Shiraz and Peter Lehmann Riesling to Red Cross Australia.

Arabica Bar and Kitchen restaurants in Borough Market and King's Cross will be collecting donations from diners in January 2020.

Brawn restaurant in East London is hosting a fundraising Sunday Lunch on 26 January 2020.

Wine bar and restaurant Bright is running a fundraising dinner on 10 February 2020 with a number of different chefs, a raffle and a silent auction.

Burger & Beyond in Hackney will list and promote Australian wines by the glass, and each glass will have a £1 donation in January 2020.

Callooh Callay Chelsea will host a fundraising night with guest bartenders, some of London’s biggest DJs and cabaret performers on 19 January 2020.

A fundraising evening will be held at at Caravan Bankside in London on 19 January 2020, with drinks and live music.

Chesters Wine Merchants in Abergavenny are hosting a Vinteloper fundraising dinner on 25 January 2020. For details, please contact info@chesterswinemerchants.co.uk or +44 (0)1873 856565. 

Daisy Green a group of Australian-inspired restaurants in London, is making donations from Australian wine sold and is hosting a fundraising eight-course dinner on 25 January 2020.

Dandy restaurant in London will list and promote Australian wines by the glass, and each glass will have a £1 donation in January 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 bar, bakery and restaurant Flor in London's Borough Market will list and promote Australian wines by the glass, and each glass will have a £2 donation in January 2020.

An Australian wine master class at Geography wine bar on 28 January 2020 in Tunbridge Wells, with Aussie wines and sharing platters.www.geographytw.com or contact 01892 521292

Graft Wine and Portland Restaurant are hosting a wine dinner in London on 28 January 2020.

Steak restaurant group Hawksmoor will be collecting donations from diners and making donations on Australia Day.

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 is holding a fundraising dinner on 25 January 2020 and they will collect donations from diners in January and February 2020.

Luvians Bottleshop in St Andrews, Scotland, is hosting a fundraising food and wine event on 29 January 2020, combining Australia Day and Burns Night. More details coming soon on https://www.luvians.com or contact +44 (0)1334 477 752. 

Shoreditch restaurant Lyles will be listing and promoting Australian wines by the glass, and each glass will have a £1 donation in January 2020.

Queen’s Park café and wine bar Milk Beach will be making donations from wine, cocktails and dishes sold on 26 January 2020.

Pacific London is hosting a fundraising Australian barbecue-style brunch on 26 January 2020 in aid of the NSW Rural Fire Services, with live music and an auction. The restaurant will also collect donations from diners in January and February 2020.

Hackney restaurant Pidgin will host a fundraising Aussie-themed dinner on 27 January 2020.

Restaurant 1251 in Islington will be donating £1 to Red Cross Australia for every bill in January 2020.

Roast Borough Market will be donating £1 to a number of charities including Red Cross Australia for every bill in January 2020.

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

Members’ club, bar and restaurant Soho House in London will be donating £1 for every bill over £30 in January 2020.

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

The Sun Tavern is holding a fundraising event in Bethnal Green on 26 January 2020, with donations from sales of cocktails and music by an Aussie band.

The Vinorium is holding an Australian Bushfire Auction, which features 103 bottles. Auction closes on 15 January 2020.

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). 

Wander Restaurant in Stoke Newington will be showcasing Adelaide Hills wines as part of its Australia Day wine flights and holding fundraising dinners over 24 – 26 January 2020.

USA

San Francisco

Bluestone Lane, an Australian-inspired coffee shop, will be hosting an Australian bushfire relief fundraiser at the Bluestone Lane Financial District Café in San Francisco from 3.00 pm until close on Sunday 26 January 2020. All ticket, raffle and auction proceeds will support the Australian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. 

Golden Gate Australian Football League will be hosting an Australia Day party and fundraiser at Standard Deviant Brewing from 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm on Sunday 26 January 2020. A raffle will be held 1–4pm, with all proceeds going to bushfire relief in Australia. https://www.facebook.com/events/763742134105372/

Hotel San Francisco will be hosting an Australia day event and fundraiser on Sunday 26 January 2020 from 11.00 am until late. Raffle proceeds and food profits will be donated to the Australian Koala Foundation. 

The Whiskey Hill Billies and Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. in San Carlos will be hosting an ‘Aussie Aid Australia Day Bushfire Benefit Concert’ on Sunday 26 January 2020 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. 

Miami

The Four Seasons Hotel in Miami will be hosting an ‘Australia Day Barbie’ on Sunday 26 January 2020 from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, with all event proceeds going directly to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C, Toronto

Bluestone Lane will be hosting fundraising events at its Australian-inspired coffee shops across the United States on Sunday 26 January 2020.


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