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Australian Grape & Wine is watching election announcements from all parties closely ahead of polling day on 21 May 2022. From the coalition, we’ve seen a commitment to invest $15 million in cellar door tourism – applying to wine, spirits and craft-brewery businesses. If elected, grants of up to $100,000 in matched funding for small

If it feels a bit like 2006 again, here is why… According to Wine Australia, as at June 2021, there were 2.1 billion litres of wine in Australian wineries, with sales of only 1.17 billion litres per annum. This is uncannily similar to the situation in June 2006 when inventories were also 2.1 billion litres

Food Standards Australia – New Zealand (FSANZ) has announced it is undertaking work to consider amending the Food Standards Code to provide energy information on alcoholic beverage labels. This work will progress in tandem with a separate piece of work looking into carbohydrate and sugar claims on alcoholic beverages. Australian Grape & Wine will participate

On 2 April 2022, the Australian and Indian Governments signed the Australia–India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI ECTA). When the AI ECTA enters into force, preferential tariff treatment will be afforded to premium Australian wine imported to India, which currently represents a small portion of Australia’s wine exports. In accordance with the AI ECTA,

The International environment continues to be challenging. After pandemic-curbing measures around the world cut economic growth in 2020, global GDP rebounded sharply in 2021, spurring consumption and trade. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, global trade value reached a record $28.5 trillion in 2021, up 25 percent from 2020 and up

The Stage 2 Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) grant of $1,817,000, awarded to Australian Grape & Wine in April 2022, will help grow demand for Australian wine and reduce trade barriers Australian grape and wine businesses face in a diverse range of export markets. This grant builds on the first-phase ATMAC investment in

Lack of price transparency in winegrape markets makes it difficult for growers to make informed decisions during the season. While winemakers are facing major issues such as China tariffs, COVID-19 and global shipping, growers are being hit with labour shortages, climate related challenges and downward pressure on winegrape pricing. In light of this uncertainty, it

The Australian Government has advised that Australia will impose further sanctions against Russia in response to Russia’s invasion on Ukraine. Australia will prohibit the supply, sale or transfer of certain luxury goods directly or indirectly to, for use in, or for the benefit of Russia. From 12:01am on 7 April 2022, the export of wine

The Australian wine sector has been asking for many years – what is the next big market after China, and could India be its replacement? The simple answer is no, at least not for some time and not without a lot of work to grow the market. India has always been a long-term prospect for

Australian Grape & Wine takes an evidence-based and balanced approach in its work relating to alcohol and health issues, focusing on targeted policy interventions to address harmful alcohol consumption. We were therefore disappointed by a recent Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) report into drinking during the Covid-19 pandemic, which sought to tie an

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