2020 Tasmanian wine grape harvest

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The island’s wine producers have welcomed yesterday’s confirmation by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments that agriculture and food production activities are essential services.

With the 2020 Tasmanian wine grape harvest currently underway, Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies said it was a very busy time for wine producers, who were focused on picking wine grapes and crafting bottles of outstanding 2020 vintage wines for future enjoyment over the coming years.

“Together with so many other businesses and individuals, Tasmanian wine producers are facing numerous challenges as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). With confirmation of the wine grape harvest as an essential activity, at least wine producers can continue harvesting and processing 2020 vintage wines for future release to support their business livelihood.”

“Like so many others, times are tough for our small wine businesses. They have been impacted by reduced tourism traffic, with many cellar doors having to close, as well as restrictions on licensed premises, such as restaurants and wine bars,” said Ms Davies.

"If people are looking to support Tasmanian wine producers, one way is to buy wine directly from them - either buying online or over the phone for direct delivery or visiting one of the cellar doors still open - if you can safely do so.”

“Across all activities, Tasmanian wine producers are stringently following the social distancing and hygiene measures, in order to ensure the safety of staff and customers.”

“We know so many of our colleagues, supporters, and the Tasmanian, Australian mainland and global communities more broadly are suffering. The selflessness and support for local businesses being demonstrated has been humbling.”

Updated details on ordering wine directly from Tasmanian wine producers and cellar doors open for takeaway sales are available at http://bit.ly/supporttassiewine or www.winetasmania.com.au.

Further information: Sheralee Davies, CEO, Wine Tasmania - 0407 004 959