Wine industry funds
South Australia’s grape and wine industry has access to a reliable source of funds through the wine industry funds. This gives it the capacity to innovate, the ability to adopt best industry practice and the resources required to respond positively to the demands of the modern market place.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) administers funds established under the Primary Industries Funding Schemes Act (SA) 1998 and makes payment to a body representing the fund contributors.
Winemakers pay contributions on grapes grown by them and on grapes purchased by them for processing into wine.
Grape growers pay contribution on grapes they deliver for processing into wine.
The rules for each fund are set out in the Fund regulations.
Contribution form for 2020
Use the online form to submit contributions for all wine funds in a single form. Amounts payable are calculated automatically.
You must have a valid email address to use the online form.
Due date to pay contributions
Contributions are due to be paid to PIRSA by 30 June each year.
For enquiries regarding contributions please contact:
The revised management plans for the following funds will be presented at an upcoming public meeting.
- Adelaide Hills Wine Industry Fund
- Barossa Wine Industry Fund
- Clare Valley Wine Industry Fund
- Langhorne Creek Wine Industry Fund
- McLaren Vale Wine Industry Fund
- Riverland Wine Industry Fund
- SA Grape Growers Industry Fund.
The plans include an estimate of the likely contributions to the funds for the next five years, along with proposals for investment, and guidance for applicants.
Under the Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998, a revised management plan must be prepared and presented for these funds at least once every twelve months.
Due to the current restrictions in place due to COVID-19, it has been decided that the public meeting will be held via teleconference. Details of the meeting are found below:
Date: Thursday 25 June 2020
Time: 10.00am (ACST)
Location: Skype meeting
- Join by web link: Join Skype Meeting (please download Skype on your computer before the teleconference commences)
- Join by phone by dialling 08 8429 0100
- Conference ID: 5513527
If you have any issues calling in to the teleconference please SMS 0439 772 917.
How contributions are collected and paid
Wine grape growers contributions
Grape grower contributions are collected from the grower by a winemaker. The winemaker is entitled to deduct the grape grower contributions from its payment to a grape grower.
The winemaker forwards these grape grower contributions to PIRSA when paying their winemaker contributions.
Depending on the fund, winemakers pay a contribution based on one of the following:
- The processing of their grapes and other persons grapes from a particular wine region.
- Grapes grown by the winemaker.
Grape growers making wine under contract
Grape growers making wine under contract are deemed to be a winemaker. As a winemaker they must:
- Pay the winemaker contributions.
- Collect grape grower contributions on any grapes they purchase and forward the contributions to PIRSA when paying their winemaker contributions.
Wineries in other states
- Pay the grower contribution.
- Pay the winemaker contribution to receive services or benefits funded by payments from the fund.
Contribution rates by region for 2020
SA Grape Growers Fund (in addition to regional fund contributions)
The contribution rates for the 2020 vintage are shown below. You can also download a copy of the 2020 Vintage – Wine Industry Fund Contribution Rates () for your reference.
South Australian grape growers (excluding winemakers who grow grapes) are required to contribute $1.00 per tonne to the SA Grape Growers Industry Fund.
- Grower: $6.50 per tonne
- Winemaker – purchased grapes: $6.50 per tonne.
- Winemaker – own grapes: $13.00 per tonne.
- Grower: $10.50 per tonne.
- Winemaker – purchased grapes: $10.50 per tonne.
- Winemaker – own grapes: $10.50 per tonne.
- A maximum $49,939 contribution is payable by a winemaker or a grape grower.
- A minimum $200 contribution is payable by a Barossa winemaker.
- Grower: $9.00 per tonne.
- Winemaker – purchased grapes: $9.00 per tonne.
- Winemaker – own grapes: $9.00 per tonne.
- A maximum $17,500 contribution is payable by a winemaker or a grape grower.
- Winemaker minimum contribution $500 if the winemaker has a vineyard or processing facility in the Clare Valley but no cellar door.
- Winemaker minimum contribution $1,000 if the winemaker has a vineyard or processing facility and a cellar door in the Clare Valley.
- Grower: $5.80 per tonne
- Winemaker – purchased grapes: $4.06 per tonne.
- Winemaker – own grapes: $9.86 per tonne.
- A maximum $30,000 contribution is payable by a winemaker or a grape grower.
- Grower: $8.70 per tonne
- Winemaker – purchased grapes: $11.70 per tonne.
- Winemaker – own grapes: $11.70 per tonne.
- A maximum $33,075 contribution is payable by a winemaker or a grape grower.
- Grower: 0.5% of amount payable to grower.
- Winemaker – purchased grapes: $0.50 per tonne.
- Winemaker – own grapes: $1.50 per tonne.
Spreadsheet and PDF versions of the contribution forms are available. Phone 1800 182 235 to request forms to be mailed to you.
Current Management Plans
The management plan outlines the estimated contributions, investment and purposes of each fund along with guidance on applications to the funds by industry associations.
- Adelaide Hills Management Plan 2020–21 to 2024–25 ()
- Barossa Management Plan 2020–21 to 2024–25 ()
- Clare Valley Management Plan 2020–21 to 2024–25 ()
- Langhorne Creek Management Plan 2020–21 to 2024–25 ()
- McLaren Vale Management Plan 2020–21 to 2024–25 ()
- Riverland Management Plan 2020–21 to 2024–25 ()
- South Australian Grape Growers Management Plan 2020–21 to 2024–25 ()
Benefits from the funds
Payments are made from the funds to the following organisations to provide benefits and services to contributors:
Growers and winemakers must contribute to the funds but you can ask for a refund by 31 May in the year following the vintage.
You cannot access benefits or services funded by payments from a fund for 2 years if you get a refund.
Refund request form
Use the online refund request form to request a refund from one or more funds. You must have a valid email address to use this form.
You can use manual refund request forms or phone 1800 182 235 to request forms to be mailed to you.