Grant initiatives

The Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package) included three grant programs.

The Wine Export Grants – now closed – were designed to support small to medium wine exporters in capturing export opportunities in China and the USA, by offering reimbursement grants for specific export promotion activities from January 2018. 

The state-based and competitive grants – also closed – were designed to support the growth of regional wine tourism, by providing funding for new international wine tourism initiatives that will attract international tourists to our regions.


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Wine Export Grant recipients

The Wine Export Grants program closed on 8 August 2019. 

A total of 135 wine producers secured an average of approximately $11,100 in grant funding to support export promotional activities in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and the USA. View the full list of grant recipients on GrantConnect.   

In recognition of the high demand for these grants, the total pool of funding was increased from $1 million to $1.5 million in October 2018. Funding was accessed on a first-come, first-served basis with businesses only eligible to make one claim for reimbursement.

Competitive grant recipients

The International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants (the competitive grants) program closed on 2 March 2018.

The list of approved competitive grant projects is available here. See the ‘Grant project highlights’ section for the latest updates on activities as they’re delivered.

All applicants were required to sign a grant agreement with Wine Australia.
> Download the deed agreement for the competitive grants.

State-based grant recipients

The International Wine Tourism State Grants (the state-based grants) program closed on 2 March 2018.

The list of approved state grant projects is included below. See the ‘Grant project highlights’ section for the latest updates on activities as they are delivered.

Successful applicants were required to sign a grant agreement with Wine Australia.

> Download the deed agreement for the state grants.

 

Grant project highlights

Tasmania wine tourism launch
Tourism Tasmania launched its international wine tourism campaign during an ‘Evening of Indulgence’ in San Francisco on 12 September 2019.
Margaret River wine unearthed
Tune in to Margaret River Wine Association’s new ‘Wine Unearthed’ podcast series, exploring the people and places that make Margaret River unique.
Limestone Coast itinerary planning tool
Wine lovers looking to visit the Limestone Coast can now plan their trip using a free and user-friendly itinerary planning tool showcasing the latest wine and tourism attractions.
Queensland wine tourism strategy
Queensland wineries are behind a new five-year strategy to develop high-quality wine tourism experiences and attract more international tourists to the state’s wine regions.

If you have any questions about these grant programs, please email grants@wineaustralia.com or phone (08) 8228 2000

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants 

In addition to the three grants within the Export and Regional Wine Support Package, Wine Australia is responsible for administering the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant.

The grant is part of a coordinated suite of measures developed with the Australian grape and wine community after extensive consultations on reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) arrangements. It complements the components of the Package, which are being implemented from 2018 to 2020.

Round two of the program opens on 1 July 2020. 

For further information about this grant please see Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants.


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