Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00

Wine Victoria Welcomes State Budget

Wine Victoria has welcomed the State Government's budget commitment to the wine industry, which comes at a critical time for winemakers.

Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan, said there were three areas of particular importance to the wine industry featured in the budget. They are:

  1. The Government's commitment to boost exports of premium food and beverages into Asian markets through the Government's Food and Agriculture into Asia plan. More information on the Food in to Asia Plan can be found herehere.

  2. The second was the announcement to fund major campaigns to be undertaken in interstate markets to maintain awareness and tourist visits to regional Victoria. More information on the Government's regional tourism strategy can be found herehere.

  3. The third item was the Government's ongoing commitment to funding the Cellar Door Rebate. Read more about the Cellar Door Rebate here.

Damien Sheehan said wine is an important industry for Victoria.

"Our industry is currently worth $1.5 billion per annum, we employ more than 14,000 people, and have 600 cellar doors that attract 1.5 million winery visitors per year.

"Each year wine worth almost $680 million is exported to more than 80 countries.

"We look forward to working with the Government on their budget commitments to strengthen the Victorian wine industry, ensuring our industry can continue to support the prosperity of Victoria," he said.