Inaugural Savour global wine forum a boost for local economy

16 September 2013

This week’s inaugural Savour global wine forum being held in Adelaide and wine regions over three days will contribute more than $2 million into the South Australian economy.

Almost 800 delegates began arriving in Adelaide over the weekend including leading wine distributors, retailers, winemakers and journalists for three days of panels, business sessions, wine tastings and themed events.

Delegates will travel to South Australian wine regions to experience firsthand what’s on offer; sample our finest food and wine throughout the conference and at special dinners and functions, and hear from leading industry minds in a series of presentations and discussions.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Gail Gago said South Australia was the perfect choice to host the inaugural Savour event.

“Given South Australia is responsible for more than half of the nation’s premium wine it makes sense to stage the country’s first international wine forum here,” Minister Gago said.

“Having so many of the world’s most influential wine industry figures in the State, exposed to premium food and wine from our clean environment and our magnificent tourism destinations will be of significant short and long term economic benefit for South Australia.”

“This industry generates more than $1.7 billion in annual revenue with South Australia producing more than half of Australia’s total wine exports.

“Savour Australia 2013 will contribute to the continued growth of the sector by providing wine producers with the chance to network with global trade and media, and explore new export opportunities for their products.

“We welcome the delegates and look forward to them getting out and enjoying our magnificent food and wine, in Adelaide as well as the regions”

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell says Savour will also enhance South Australia’s reputation as a wine and business tourism destination.

“To have leaders of the international wine industry here in South Australia, the country’s undisputed wine and cellar door capital, is a tremendous boost for the regions and tourism sector,” Mr Bignell said.

“Before even one contract or export deal is signed, this conference will yield almost 3000 bed nights, spread across the state including in our regional communities, injecting an estimated $2.2 million into the state economy.

“The international exposure this forum will provide will no doubt help to grow what is already a thriving sector.

“That is good for jobs, it’s good for the economy and it’s good for the future generations of South Australians who will rely on the economic benefits this important industry provides.

“Savour also compliments ongoing South Australian marketing campaigns such as those for Kangaroo Island, Eyre Peninsula and the Barossa by exposing industry leaders to the varied experiences these regions offer.

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