The Wine Victoria Bushfire Technical Response Program aims to undertake the delivery of a package of technical support activities for Victorian wine and grape producers affected by exposure to bushfire smoke during the 2019-20 growing season.
While there is a focus on wine regions directly affected by smoke, the program seeks to deliver state-wide benefits where possible.
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has announced funding of $990,000 to support a program delivered in partnership with Wine Victoria that will help producers assess and remediate the effects of smoke exposure on wines being made from this year’s harvest.
The program will include:
Longer term support activities:
The program will be rolled out immediately and run until September 2021.
A Project Reference Group made up of the Victorian Government, Wine Victoria and representatives from affected wine regions will oversee the program. The Reference Group had their initial meeting on Thursday 28 May at which they approved the appointment of the AWRI to deliver the program.
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