South Australia has more than 3,400 grape growers, over 700 wineries and an estimated 76,000 hectares under vine. In 2016–17, the industry produced more than 860,000 tonnes of grapes valued at AUD$658 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; Lausanne, Switzerland; Mainz Rheinhessen, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina; Porto, Portigal; San Francisco Napa Valley, United States; Valparaiso Casablance Valley, Chile; Cape Town/Cape Winelands, South Africa – 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 capability in industry development, giving more reason to visit us, collaborate with us and do business with us.

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
  • winemakers
  • individual wine brands
  • culinary tourism operators
  • restaurants
  • food and wine events
  • the broader community.

Knowledge exchange bursary program

One of the key benefits to being a member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network is our access to experts, innovators, and their wealth of global experience and we are committed to bringing that expertise to South Australia to share knowledge and build capability and capacity.

As part of the exchange program, we are undertaking an inbound and outbound program, offering South Australians the chance to learn directly from international industry experts.

The outbound program will allow wine industry participants the chance to apply for bursaries to travel to one or more Great Wine Capital regions. Whether they learn about wine making, viticulture, AgTech, innovation, biosecurity practices or Research and Development, these bursaries will support our wine industry’s learning and knowledge exchange.

Learn about the participants

Internship portal

This internship portal provides a great opportunity for our students to find international industry opportunities, and our wine businesses to benefit from international expertise and perspectives. The portal will see wine students and businesses globally travelling to international wine regions and gaining invaluable experiences in these cities.

How to apply

Interested students and businesses can upload their resume or information direct to the portal. In addition, businesses seeking an intern can express their interest on the portal. Only students and businesses in Great Wine Capitals regions can use the portal.

Access the Internship Portal.

Industry toolkit

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.

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