South Australia has more than 3,400 grape growers, over 700 wineries and an estimated 76,000 hectares under vine. In 2014–15, the industry produced 738,000 tonnes of grapes valued at AUD$470 million. South Australia has more than 300 cellar doors where visitors can taste wines and purchase directly from the vineyard.
Membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network (GWCGN) acknowledges Adelaide, South Australia's:
- excellence in grape and wine production
- a commitment to research and development
- education and tourism services
- the wine industries inextricably link to the city’s character, success and vision.
The Network – consisting of Bilbao Rioja, Spain; Bordeaux, France; Cape Town Winelands, South Africa; Mainz Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portigal; San Francisco Napa Valley, United States; Valparaiso Casablance Valley, Chile – encourages travel, education and business exchanges and has led to significant joint research projects.
What are the benefits for industry?
Membership significantly lifts the bar for Adelaide and South Australia in terms of international profile, strengthening our identity in relation to food, wine and tourism, giving more reason to visit us, collaborate with us and do business with us.
It helps to position South Australia and its wine producing regions as a producer of world class products, underpinning the State Government’s economic priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment and Exported to the World.
The network is truly collaborative; we can rely on the expertise that other famous and experienced wine regions can offer. It also brings our own industry and regions together under the one banner to work together and improve and innovate.
Potential benefits are broader than the wine industry alone and will flow to:
- grape growers
- individual wine brands
- culinary tourism operators
- food and wine events
- the broader community.
The industry toolkit has been developed to help South Australian food and wine producers promote our State in international markets and enhance our global premium food and wine credentials.
The new toolkit features images, key messages, videos, and reports that food and wine businesses can use to market their products, region, and State.
The toolkit is available online, and covers South Australia's major sectors including wine.