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4/03/2016

Sidewood Estate’s $3.5m expansion under way

Sidewood Estate has commenced an expansion of its winery business in the Adelaide Hills with plans to increase cider and wine production capabilities.

A South Australian State Government Regional Development Fund grant is covering $856,319 of the $3.5 million expansion, which will see Sidewood Estate’s wine production increase from 500 to 2,000 tonnes per annum.

The expansion also includes new bottling and canning facilities expected to produce more than 400,000 bottles of wine and cider each year by 2017.

Owen Inglis, Sidewood Estate owner, said the growth and demand for Sidewood Estate wines locally, nationally and internationally in recent years has prompted the need for the expansion.

“The expanded production capabilities of the winery will allow us to grow volumes for our own use and also process fruit for growers in the region where there is a shortage of capacity and where fruit may otherwise be destined for waste. “

Inglis said the new manufacturing capacity affords other regional producers with the opportunity for local processing and strong demand is expected.

“The expanded production capabilities of the winery will allow us to grow volumes for our own use and also process fruit for growers in the region where there is a shortage of capacity and where fruit may otherwise be destined for waste,” he said.

“This facility will provide highly attractive new options for small wineries and local fruit growers looking for a commercially viable way to value-add processing to their business and expand into new market segments with increased local manufacturing opportunities available to them.”

The new canning line will offer a new packaging option for both Sidewood and local producers and improve export competitiveness as a cheaper alternative to bottling. The provision of canning locally is new to the Adelaide Hills region, and will allow the areas boutique cideries and fruit growers to develop and market their own businesses in new markets and categories.

“We are grateful for the funding support which will also allow us to become the only South Australian cider producer with the complete process under one roof – the ability to mill, crush, ferment, keg, can and bottle,” Inglis said.

Hon. Geoff Brock, Minister for Regional Development, said the installation of new bottling and canning equipment for cider, sparkling and still wine will significantly increase Sidewood winery’s production capacity.

“The project, which aligns with the State Government’s economic priority of ‘Premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world’, create 17 new full time equivalent jobs and five during construction,” Brock said.

The Sidewood winery project is expected to be complete by December 2017.

 

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