The Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package) has delivered three grant programs.
Activities and initiatives funded by the state-based and competitive grants – now closed – were delivered to support the growth of regional wine tourism.
Wine Export Grants – targeted support
To help counter the impacts of COVID-19 related travel restrictions on in-market events, Wine Australia is offering $1 million towards Wine Export Grants Round 2.
What is the Wine Export Grant?
Wine producers may be eligible for up to $25,000 towards reimbursement for the cost of promotional activities in any export market, including:
- free samples including freight or transport
- marketing campaigns including social, advertising and virtual promotions
- market research and development activities (as per amended guidelines dated 31 March 2021)
- retail promotions – online and in-store
- in-market representation at international events and fairs e.g. contracted labour
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Up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses incurred on or after 1 July 2020 will be reimbursed for eligible applicants (one grant only).
$1 million cap
The grant program is capped at $1 million. Applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. New Wine Export Grant application were suspended from 5.00pm (ACST) on Friday 13 August, as the number of claims queued for assessment may exhaust the funding.
The table below provides an indication of remaining funds which is updated every time funding is committed under the Wine Export Grant program. Please note that this tally does not account for those applications that are in the assessment queue. Wine Australia estimates that the Total Remaining is significantly below what is listed in the table.
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Small and medium wine producers (aggregated turnover of less than AU$20 million and export turnover of less than $5 million, in 2019-20). Applicants who have previously received a Wine Export Grant in round 1 and/or round 2 may apply again, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
Wine Export Grant resources
Please refer to the following resources that may assist with your application:
Previous 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
State-based grant recipients
Grant project highlights
Limestone Coast’s ‘Mixed Dozen’ project
With funding from the $50m Export and Regional Wine Support Package, the South Australian Government and key stakeholders from local councils and wine associations, the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council delivered its ‘Mixed Dozen’ project to build the region’s capabilities and confidence, grow target markets and enable the region to better target, attract and host international wine visitors.
A New Look at the Swan Valley Wine Region
With funding from the Australian Government’s Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package), the Swan Valley Winemakers have launched a new website and a suite of new videos to promote the Swan Valley Wine Region (SVWR) with re-branding that reflects the excitement for the future of the region while holding close the values of the past.
The Ultimate WA Food and Wine Road Trip – Video Series Released
Wines of Western Australia has released of a series of videos which chronicle the ultimate wine and food road trip through all of WA’s wine regions.
Queensland Vine and Shine Trail
Queensland Wine’s Vine and Shine Trail promotes over 70 wineries to encourage travellers to discover the state’s picturesque vineyards emerging varieties of wine.
In addition to the Wine Export Grants, Wine Australia is also 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 arrangements.
Round three of the program opened on Thursday 1 July and closed at 5.00pm (ACST) on Thursday 30 September 2021. A full list of the 191 successful grant applicants is available on the GrantConnect website. For further information about this grant please see Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants.