Wright MP Scott Buchholz urges Scenic Rim wine producers to apply for export grants

WRIGHT MP Scott Buchholz has urged local, small-scale wine producers to apply for the next round of export grants, with up to $25,000 available to help business sell their brand overseas.

WINNING TASTE: Tanya Robertson of Witches Falls Winery and Wright MP Scott Buchholz. Photo: supplied

WINNING TASTE: Tanya Robertson of Witches Falls Winery and Wright MP Scott Buchholz. Photo: supplied

Mr Buchholz said the wine export grants would help producers cover the costs of marketing their products by reimbursing them for things like travel expenses and in-store marketing.

He had received feedback from producers who had moved into the international market and was told it had been good for sales and helped boost local tourism.

"When we get to the other side of this pandemic, we're going to see tourism resume and we want to be at the forefront of that economic return," Mr Buchholz said.

"This is another opportunity to have all things Scenic Rim promoted internationally."

The grants would help small to medium scale wine producers at places like Tamborine Mountain, Canungra and Sarabah.

"The world wine market offers a great opportunity for locals to promote their high quality, world class Australian product internationally," Mr Buchholz said.

He urged locals to support wineries that had taken a hit during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wine Australia chief executive Andreas Clark said round one of the wine export grant program helped 135 wine producers deliver promotional activities in China and the USA in 2018 and 2019.

"The grant guidelines for this new round have been expanded, so that new and existing exporters can seek out opportunities and secure distribution in any international market," he said.

Eligible claims included travel expenses for a promotional visit, the cost of shipping free samples of wine, involvement in trade fairs, promotions and marketing and advertising collateral.

Applications open on Monday, August 17 and close May 1, 2020 or when funds are exhausted.

Producers are urged to get in fast as applications will be assessed on a first come, first serve basis.

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