Wine Grape Industry Assistance

What is the Wine Grape Industry Assistance?

The Wine Grape Industry Assistance is a program that provides wine grape growers with a rebate to help with the cost of testing for smoke taint in grapes. Grants will be available for growers to access technical decision-making support as a follow up to laboratory testing.



One rebate of up to $1,200 will be offered per business. Applicants who have had more than one batch of samples analysed should submit all supporting documentation in one application. Please do not submit multiple applications.


Eligible Activities

The only activity eligible for this program is the testing of whole wine grape samples for the effects of smoke exposure. Samples may be submitted to either the AWRI Commercial Services and/or Vintessential Laboratories for analysis of smoke-related compounds in grapes and wine.

The rebate entitles you to claim a reimbursement if you have paid for your wine grapes, grape juice or wine samples to be tested by a laboratory for smoke exposure.


Eligible Applicants

The program is open to all Victorian wine grape growers.

In order to apply, applicants must:

  1. be the owner, operator or share farmer of a Victorian business producing wine grapes
  2. own or operate a vineyard located in Victoria
  3. have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  4. demonstrate that grapes or juice were submitted for analysis between 1 January 2020 and 30 April 2020.

Applicants should pay all invoices for smoke testing before submitting their application. Rebates will be paid to eligible applicants after they have paid laboratory invoices. Applications should be made as soon as possible after all invoices have been received.

Samples need to be submitted for testing between 1 January 2020 and 30 April 2020.

Owners or operators of wineries may not apply for the rebate for testing of grapes that have been purchased from another grower unless there is a prior agreement between the grower and the winery that such grapes will be tested by the winery.



Applications close 31 October 2020.


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