An Adelaide Hills cellar door expansion – being supported with a $200,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant – will create eight new full-time jobs for the local business.
The grant will assist Deviation Road winery in Longwood to undertake a $900,000 project to increase production and create a unique cellar door experience.
On completion, the annual production capacity of Deviation Road is expected to more than double from 7000 cases to 15,000 cases of wine.
The project will include construction of a wine cave to allow storage of higher volumes of back vintages of sparkling wine, also creating six full-time jobs during construction.
Deviation Road owners Hamish and Kate Laurie are continuing a five-generation winemaking tradition by producing cool climate wines from mature vineyards in the Adelaide Hills.
This investment in new winery equipment will boost production and create a new space for events to allow Deviation Road to expand its experiential offering and wine education for consumers.
The Regional Development Fund (RDF) drives economic growth through grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and the creation of jobs in South Australia.
The RDF has been independently assessed by Ernst and Young. This assessment showed that projects supported by the RDF in the 2016/17 financial year alone would make an economic contribution to the state of over $1 billion and create over 3000 regional jobs.
Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock
There is growing demand for Deviation Road’s Australian sparkling wines, a demand which Hamish and Kate are finding difficult to meet with their current facilities.
I’m delighted to support their vision for growth and excellence because it is quality products like these that are at the frontline of promoting South Australia’s reputation for premium wine produced in our clean environment.
This is an example of the positive impact the Regional Development Fund is having in country South Australia, with direct and flow-on job creation and more economic activity.
Greater investment brings confidence and growth to local communities like the Adelaide Hills.
Quotes attributable to Deviation Road vigneron and owner Hamish Laurie
Sales at Deviation Road have grown by more than 50 per cent over the past three years, which has been difficult and costly to manage given our current production capacity is limited to 70,000L a year.
It’s exciting to know that this investment from the State Government will help us to double our capacity within just a few years so we can showcase to the world more of the premium produce we love and respect from the Adelaide Hills.
We currently export South Australian sparkling wine to Japan, Germany and the UK and, with increased production thanks to the RDF grant, we can also focus on markets in the US and Canada where an appetite for sparkling wine is developing.