What is the Wine Grape Testing Rebate?
The Wine Grape Testing Rebate is a program that provides wine grape growers with a rebate for smoke taint tests and follow-up technical advice.
The Victorian Government has established the Wine Grape Testing Rebate to assist Victorian wine grape growers establish the extent and impact of smoke exposure from the 2019-20 bushfires on the 2020 vintage.
The program is open to all Victorian wine grape growers including wineries that grow their own grapes. Regional Wine Associations and wineries may also apply where they have a pre-existing agreement with growers to test grapes.
The Wine Grape Testing Rebate aims to:
- Support Victorian wine grape growers with access to information about the impacts of possible smoke exposure on grapes grown in the 2019-20 growing season; and
- Support grape growers to make sound, evidence-based decisions about the harvesting and handling of grapes that have been potentially exposed to bushfire smoke.
The program offers a rebate of up to $1,200 to Victorian wine grape growers on samples submitted for smoke testing between 1 January 2020 and 30 April 2020.
The only activity eligible for this program is the testing of samples of whole wine grapes, fresh grape juice or fermented grape juice for the effects of smoke exposure. Only samples of grapes or juice from grapes grown by the applicant are eligible. Applicants who both grow their own grapes and buy in grapes may claim a rebate only for testing of their own grapes.
Samples may be submitted to either of the commercial analytical laboratories in Australia offering analysis of smoke-related compounds in grapes and wine – the Australian Wine Research Institute (South Australia) and/or Vintessential Laboratories (Victoria). Samples submitted for analysis between 1 January 2020 and 30 April 2020 are eligible for the rebate.
Some Regional Wine Associations and larger wineries or companies may have paid for testing of samples from multiple growers. Regional Wine Associations and companies in this position should include a statutory declaration with their applications.
In order to apply, applicants must:
- be the owner, operator or share farmer of a Victorian business producing wine grapes
- own or operate a vineyard located in Victoria
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- demonstrate that grapes or juice were submitted for analysis between 1 January 2020 and 30 April 2020.
Applicants are required to pay for the smoke testing, before applying for the rebate.
Applications close 31 October 2020.