Baillieu/Ryan Government To Support Victoria Wine Industry

Baillieu/Ryan Government To Support Victoria Wine Industry

Victoria Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh

Coalition To Invest $4 Million To Protect Winegrowers From Smoke Taint

Victor P Taffa

Victoria’s Wine Industry will receive a $4 Million Boost to help Mitigate Smoke taint if the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition is Elected later this month.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh made the announcement during a Yarra Valley Agribusiness Dinner at Kellybrook Winery last night.

“Smoke taint is an ongoing threat for Victoria’s winegrowers, many of whom are located in some of the most bushfire prone regions of the State.”

“The Smoke from Bushfires and scheduled prescribed Burns undertaken during certain stages of growth can taint the grapes and result in unsaleable wine.” Mr. Walsh said.


“The estimated cost of the 2006 bushfires to the wine industry was more than $100 Million, with some vignerons losing their entire vintage after the grapes were contaminated.”

“Under a Coalition Government, Victoria will lead the world in finding a solution to smoke taint.” Mr. Walsh said.

“Although this phenomenon affects wine production the world over, researchers have had little success in determining how and why smoke impacts on Plant Physiology, the composition of grapes and quality of Wine.”

“We need to better understand how smoke contaminates grapes in order to protect the wine industry and determine how to minimise the impacts of smoke taint on Victorian Growers.”

Mr. Walsh said while the Coalition was committed to a tripling of prescribed burning to protect communities and limit the severity of future bushfire events, it recognised the need to implement sensible practices to protect growers and winemakers.

“Many Victorian communities must live with the realities of bushfires which is why the Coalition has committed to tripling prescribed burning.” Mr. Walsh said.

“At the same time, we understand the importance of the Wine Industry, which now employs more than 2600 Victorians and contributes more than $1.3 Billion to our economy each year.”

“Victorian Wines are recognised both domestically and internationally for their excellent quality and we will endeavour to ensure that reputation is sustained.”

“The Coalition’s commitment to invest $4 Million into research around smoke taint will help us minimise future damage to the Wine Industry.” Mr. Walsh said.

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