Queensland’s regional wineries can apply now for workshops and grants to help capture export opportunities in China and the USA.

The Growing Wine Exports two-day workshop in Toowoomba on 10–11 July will share the latest insights on exporting wine, from refining plans to navigating export laws.

The workshops are part of the Australian Government’s $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.

The package also includes $1 million in Wine Export Grants to help small and medium-sized wine producers compete in lucrative overseas markets.

Under the grants, 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 for funding 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.

Producers who cannot attend the Growing Wine Exports workshop in person can access it online by registering through Eventbrite.

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.

Food and agriculture is identified as one of Queensland’s export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.