The Andrews Labor Government is backing Bendigo’s wine industry, with a grants program to support the growth of wineries in the area, increase visitors, boost exports and support local jobs.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan today announced that six wineries in the Bendigo Wine Region will share in $2 million in the third round of the Labor Government’s Wine Growth Fund, which will support 78 projects at wineries across Victoria.

The fund is expected to provide a boost of around $12 million to the wine industry across the state with projects including cellar doors, kitchen and café upgrades, wine production facility developments, e-commerce programs, accommodation initiatives and vineyard improvement works.

The first two rounds of the Wine Growth Fund supported 106 projects, attracting investment of approximately $6.8 million into the state’s wine industry which is worth $7.6 billion to the Victorian economy and employs around 13,000 people, mostly in regional areas.

The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to boost the wine industry in Victoria, alongside the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee.

In addition, the government will continue to support the wine industry through Wine to the World, a $5 million election commitment to support Victorian wine producers to create jobs and increase exports.

The $10 million election commitment Taking Our Local Produce to the World will also provide assistance to producers of craft food, beer and spirits to help grow their businesses.

A full list of the Bendigo Wine Region projects is listed on the next page of this release.

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“I am thrilled to announce the third round of the Wine Growth Fund – providing The Bendigo Regions best winemakers with the support to grow their businesses and boost visitors to our beautiful wine regions.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan

“Victorian winemakers produce some fantastic wines, and we’re proud to back this industry to keep growing well into the future.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP