Prime Minister of Tasmania – Tasmania’s wine sector is vintage culture

January 31, 2022

Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

The Tasmanian government continues to support the growth of the state’s wine sector which had a bumper year in 2021, and 2022 looks set to be just as successful.

Tasmanian wines won a ton of national awards last year, highlighting the excellence of Tasmanian produce and the craftsmanship and dedication of Tasmanian winemakers and grape growers.

Among the many accolades are Tolpuddle Vineyard which won five trophies at the Melbourne Wine Show 2021; Bream Creek, Clover Hill and House of Arras won prizes at the 2021 World Champagne and Sparkling Wine Championships; and 10 Tasmanian wines named in James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines of 2021 – Arras, Apogee, Freycinet (x2), Pirie, Tolpuddle, Stargazer (x2) and Pooley.

All of the Pinot Noir Gold Medalists at the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2021 were from Tasmania, and Tasmania was the most searched wine region on winecompanion in 2021.

This is an exceptional achievement for Tasmania and today I had the pleasure of recognizing each of the winners for their success at Tolpuddle Vineyard in the Coal River Valley.

Tasmania’s wine industry has excellent prospects for growth and the ability to increase employment and economic benefits to the state.

The state’s wine grape vintage is up 18% in volume for 2021 and the wine sector contributes around $200 million to Tasmania’s economy and employs over 2,000 FTEs. The quality of Tasmanian wine grapes is also reflected in the record value of $3,146 per tonne, compared to a national average of $701 per tonne.

The wine sector continues to be a significant and growing contributor to trade and tourism and to the Tasmanian brand as a whole. ABS figures for 2019-20 show Tasmania’s wine export figure was $4.2m, with the UK, US, Netherlands, Japan and China being the strongest markets.

Prospects for the upcoming 2022 vintage are equally positive, and the Liberal Government of Tasmania continues to support growth and trade in Tasmania’s wine sector through its market development activities and strategic partnerships program with the industry.

Additionally, we are investing $100,000 to help improve the resilience of the wine sector and fund emergency smoke testing, part of the new $10.2 million Ag-Protection package to secure the future of Tasmanian agriculture and managing risks to primary industries.

The growth and prosperity of Tasmania’s wine sector will be an important part of our goal to sustainably increase the farm gate value of agriculture in the state to $10 billion by 2050.

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