Wine industry bushfire support

The State Government is providing support via a $335,000 recovery package to help vineyard owners better understand the effects of the recent bushfires on their crops.

This includes:

  • smoke taint testing by the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)
  • vineyard survey and assessment by the AWRI (starting mid-February)
  • support of a research trial to help vineyard owners better predict smoke effects that occur early in the season, and help to prepare for future fires.

Smoke taint testing vouchers

Vineyard owners within the fire ground of the 2019–20 Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island bushfires will receive a voucher to have grape samples tested for smoke taint at no cost.

How it works

Vouchers will be issued to vineyard owners in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island who are listed on Vinehealth Australia's Vineyard Register.

  • Vineyard owners within the fire ground will receive 3 vouchers.
  • Vineyard owners within the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island wine regions but outside of the fire ground will receive 1 voucher.

Vouchers can be redeemed by sending them with your sample to the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).

How vouchers will be sent

Vouchers will be emailed to people who have an email address listed on their profile on the Vinehealth Australia website. Printed vouchers will be sent to people who only have a mailing address listed.

Voucher conditions

  • Vouchers have been issued to vineyard owners in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island only.
  • Vouchers have been sent directly to land owners with more than 0.5 hectares of planted vines listed on Vinehealth Australia's (a South Australia statutory authority) Vineyard Register, and who have a vineyard(s) located within the geographic indicators of Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills.
  • Vouchers are transferable. We encourage vineyard owners to work collaboratively with winemakers where suitable.
  • Vouchers may only be used for 1 smoke taint test.
  • Additional samples sent to AWRI without an accompanying voucher will be at the cost of the sender.
  • Vouchers are not redeemable for cash.

FAQs

What if I have already had my grapes tested before receiving the voucher?

You can claim a rebate from PIRSA.

We will need a copy of both your:

  • purchase receipt from the AWRI
  • unredeemed voucher.

Send a copy of these items via:

Rebate claims will be processed after Friday 1 May 2020.

What if I would like to use another laboratory to perform testing?

You can use an alternative laboratory and claim a rebate from PIRSA for the cost.

We will need a copy of both your:

  • purchase receipt
  • unredeemed voucher.

Send a copy of these items via:

Rebate claims will be processed after Friday 1 May 2020.

Is there a time limit to make a rebate claim?

Yes. All rebates must be submitted by 15 June 2020 so they can be processed and paid by 30 June 2020.

Can I use my voucher to test grapes from another vineyard owners vineyard?

Yes. We encourage vineyard owners and winemakers to use the vouchers to make sure they have enough information to make better decisions about crop viability.

What if I accidentally submit a voucher that has already been redeemed?

All vouchers will be checked against their unique identifier code. If a voucher has been redeemed, we will contact you and you may be liable for costs incurred.

What do I do if I have not received my voucher, but believe I meet eligibility criteria?

Call the PIRSA recovery hotline on 1800 931 314. Please have your contact information handy when calling.

On my voucher it states that it must be submitted with an AWRI sample submission form. Where can I find this form?

The Australian Wine Research Institute sample submission form can be obtained through contacting AWRI Commercial Services on 8313 6600 or commercialservices@awri.com.au.

Is there a location in my region where I can dropp off grape samples that I would like tested by the AWRI?

The Adelaide Hills wine region is providing a sample drop off location at their office in Woodside. The AWRI will collect samples three times per week by 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday until further notice.

More Information

Call the PIRSA recovery hotline on 1800 931 314 for more information.

Page Last Reviewed: 12 Feb 2020
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