The grape and wine sector has welcomed today’s launch of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston.
Australian Vignerons, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Australia have worked in close consultation with the Australian grape and wine sector to develop the business plan for the Package, which will be delivered over three years.
The Package comprises four distinct programs that aim to transform the sector by enhancing and showcasing the nation’s wine tourism offering while driving further demand for Australia’s growing wine exports.
Australian Vignerons Independent Chair Jo Andrew praised the manner in which all parties had supported the opportunity provided by the Package. ‘This funding allows Australian growers and makers of wine to build on the excellent recent results in both domestic and international markets. This is a great outcome from the collaboration between the wine sector, Wine Australia and the Federal Government.’
Winemakers’ Federation of Australia President Sandy Clark said, ‘The $50 million Package provides a once in a generational opportunity to grow demand for Australian wine. It will benefit all winemakers and provide a lasting platform for profitability throughout the supply chain, and I would like to thank all those who have got behind this initiative. It is now up to us to maximise the opportunity’.
Wine Australia Chair Brian Walsh said, ‘Our thanks to Deputy Prime Minister Joyce and Minister Ruston for their enduring commitment to supporting the growth of the Australian grape and wine sector and their ongoing engagement with our regional communities throughout the development of this Package.
‘We have convened a 9-person expert Marketing Advisory Group drawn from different parts of the sector to provide advice on the strategy and activities to be considered for Program 1 - accelerating growth in international demand. This program, which focuses on the United States and China markets, aims to grow both demand for our wine exports and showcase Australia’s wine tourism offering and we will continue to work with Tourism Australia to leverage opportunities.
‘Program 1 is in addition to Wine Australia’s existing activities, through which there is unwavering commitment to continued investment into the full breadth of Australia’s export markets. We have already received sector approval to commence some early activities this year including Australian Wine Week in San Francisco and New York and involvement in the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Week in October.
‘Wine Australia will be spending the next few months developing materials for the capability and capacity building portions of Program 2, with a view to delivering the first workshops, forums and online tools early next year.
‘Consultation with the sector on the draft guidelines for the grants schemes under Programs 2 and 3 is expected to start soon. We are committed to keeping our grape and wine community actively involved throughout this initiative and I encourage all to visit the Wine Australia website where we will have further information, including grants guidelines and how to get involved, as it becomes available.’
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Thank you to all of you who have contacted Australian Vignerons in response to the GPGV statement issued on 8th August.
What is being done to address this problem?
AV is satisfied that the risk of spread is contained. State and commonwealth jurisdictions are working on a surveillance plan to gather more information.
Does GPGV only affect Pinot Gris?
No, GPGV affects many other grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.
What should I do if I’ve seen these symptoms before?
Monitor the vines closely at budburst. If you see symptoms that could be GPGV, call 1800 084 881. A biosecurity expert will discuss the options with you.
I am about to start planting / grafting, how does GPGV affect me?
GPGV is transmitted in grapevine propagation material (e.g. potted vines, cuttings, rootlings, bud wood etc.). Ensure all planting/grafting materials have been virus-tested, preferably prior to receipt. Details of testing facilities are available in a fact sheet here.
How do I know if I am in a region that has GPGV?
This information is confidential at this stage. Growers in all regions are encouraged to monitor vines for symptoms at budburst.
Why is some information about the GPGV detection confidential?
The details of exotic pest incursions are managed under strict codes of conduct and are not released until the extent of the issue is well understood.
If this information was released before the full extent of GPG was understood, property owners may be unwilling to report serious incursions in future. This would compromise containment and eradications strategies, and the potential risk of economic damage including unjustified trade barriers and dissuasion of future reporting of biosecurity risks could be higher.
Wouldn’t information about the affected locations and varieties help us to manage the risk of GPGV? The critical issue is that further spread of GPGV is avoided. Australian Vignerons is satisfied that the risk of spread from the small number of known infected vines is being well managed.
What is the role of Australian Vignerons in managing GPGV?
Australian Vignerons is representing the wine industry and working with state and federal governments and their agencies, including Vinehealth Australia, to guide further action.
What surveillance is being done?
State government biosecurity agencies are developing surveillance plans in their respective affected states and will communicate these activities.
Where do I get more technical information about GPGV?
AV is working closely with the AWRI who are in communication with international virus experts. The AWRI fact sheet has been updated and will continue to be updated as new information is received.
Want to know more?
Contact Australian Vignerons CEO, Andrew Weeks on 0403 520 242.
Australian Vignerons is delighted to announce that a combination of financial restraint and continued support from its member base has led it to become financially secure for the future…….
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Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus (GPGV) has been detected for the first time in Australia.
Measures have been taken to ensure that no spread will occur from the vines in which the virus has been detected.
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More information about GPGV symptoms, sampling, diagnostics and actions following a positive test can be found in the GPGV fact sheet, accessible here.