Queensland wine producers can now apply for grants of up to $25,000 to help promote their wines and capture export opportunities in China and the USA.

The Australian Government’s Wine Export Grants are offering $1 million in funding across Australia to help small and medium-sized wine producers compete in these lucrative overseas markets.

Wine producers can claim reimbursement of up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018, plus an allowance of $350 per day for travel costs for up to 14 days. The maximum total grant to any one applicant will be $25,000.

Applications will be accepted from now until May 2020, or until all the export grant funding has been allocated. To learn more, read the export grants guidelines and FAQs.

The Wine Export Grants are part of the Australian Government’s new $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, which aims to transform the Australian grape and wine industry by driving demand for wine exports and showcasing Australia’s wine tourism to the world.

As well as the Wine Export Grants, the package includes International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants, which will provide up to $250,000 for initiatives to increase international wine tourism in regional Australia.

For these grants, applications from groups of producers are encouraged and cash co-contributions are required.  The grant guidelines explain more.

Queensland winemakers are increasingly entering overseas markets, with wineries such as Murgon’s Moffatdale Ridge and Childers’ Ohana Winery recently beginning exports to Asia.

China and the USA are Australia’s largest and second-largest wine export markets respectively.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.