VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews has said the government will continue to support the Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions for their economic and tourism benefits.
Mr Andrews visited the Mount Langi Ghiran winery on Friday to meet with wine industry representatives and tourism operators to discuss the ongoing growth of the Victorian wine industry.
Mount Langi Ghiran is one of the Grampians region wineries to receive grants to target new markets, boost wine tourism, and expand their businesses.
The Wine Growth Fund first round included the Montara Winery Cellar Door Expansion; Grampians Pyrenees Wine Tourism Master Plan; Great Southern Road Food and Wine Itinerary; The Mount Langi Ghiran Picnic Idyll; Richardson Wines cellar door; and the Grampians Winemakers Strategic Marketing and Brand Plan.
Mount Langi Ghiran benefited directly from funding for a new picnic seating area for visitors to enjoy.
Wine Victoria chair and Mount Langi Ghiran winery general manager Damien Sheehan said tourism was important to the future of the industry,
“Wine tourism allows consumers to enjoy our amazing wines in so many different and exciting ways,” he said.
“We are thrilled that the Victorian Government is supporting our wineries through the Wine Growth Fund to make sure Victoria is the best wine tourism destination in Australia.”
Mr Andrews said it was a great pleasure to spend time at Mount Langi Ghiran.
“It is one of our very best wineries, in a region that so well know for the quality of its produce and the quality of its experience,” he said.
“We know and understand how important the wine sector is.
“To the other makers and growers here, thanks so much for what you do and for allowing Victoria to have such a strong reputation and such a strong platform to grow exports and jobs.”
Mr Andrews said Victoria’s $7.6 billion wine industry played a vital role in regional and rural economies and employed nearly 13,000 people.
“Exports are growing rapidly, 18 per cent growth in the past 12 months, and we’re confident that the policies that we have put in places, is the government playing its part in growing the industry and jobs for residents, Mr Andrews said.
“The latest round of grants, totaling $900,000 are open. We are confident here will have many high-quality applications coming forward.”
“We’ll be pleased to provide important support to improve the cellar door experience and allow the best wine makers anywhere in the world take their product to new markets.”