Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing

    WA wine industry celebrates end of vintage

    23/05/2023 10:00 AM
    • Outstanding quality wines expected from Western Australia's 2023 vintage
    • McGowan Government launches WA wine region geology, soils and climate guide at industry event
    • WA wine industry generates more than 6,000 jobs across the value chain, supporting regional towns and communities

    The Western Australian wine industry is celebrating the end of a promising 2023 vintage with expectations for outstanding quality wines.

    The season was typified by a cool wet spring followed by a consistent summer with no significant heat extremes and low disease pressure, boding well for flavour development and an excellent vintage.

    The McGowan Government is supporting the development of the WA wine industry through research and development, international market development and biosecurity delivered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

    DPIRD's 'Geology, soils and climate of WA's wine regions' publication was launched to WA's wine industry at its end of vintage celebration.

    The guide provides technical information for wine producers to convey the special characteristics of WA's wine regions and differentiate WA wines from other regions both nationally and internationally.


    Supporting research led by DPIRD is examining the sensory attributes and elemental composition of wines that are heavily influenced by the soils and climate in the region.


    The work is funded through the Wine Industry Export Growth Partnership, a collaboration between industry and government and as part of the Future Food Systems Corporative Research Centre.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:


    "The McGowan Government is working hand-in-hand with industry to capitalise on the tremendous opportunities for WA wine through the Wine Industry Export Growth Partnership, which has been active for the past two years.


    "This industry-led program is beginning to see dividends with WA wine exports increasing in value by around 7 per cent ($2.4 million) in 2022, despite it being a particularly challenging year.


    "There have been great steps to define the regional identity of our fine wine producing areas, and this is setting Western Australia apart.


    "The WA wine industry is also starting work to set the direction for the industry over the next decade with consultation soon to begin to develop the 2024-2034 Strategic Plan."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900