As bushfires continue to ravage huge parts of Australia, communities and businesses are coming together to help those affected.

One offer of assistance has come to grape growers and winemakers from the Adelaide Hills who suffered major loss and damage at the end of December. The University of Adelaide is offering assistance to wine producers affected by the bushfires in the Adelaide Hills.

“We are offering grape growers and winemakers from the Adelaide Hills, who have been affected by the bushfires, the use of the winemaking facilities at the University’s Waite campus,” said Associate Professor Paul Grbin Head Winemaker, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus.

“Our thoughts and compassion go out to all who have been affected.

“When vintage comes around we can offer winemakers cold storage for small lots of grapes which would otherwise go to waste, and winemaking facilities to process fruit.”

With a large number of winemakers in the region having studied at the University, the Waite campus has a long association with the Adelaide Hills.

“Many stories have emerged particularly from the Adelaide Hills fires of University of Adelaide alumni who have been directly affected,” Associate Professor Grbin added.

“Many have suffered very significant and devastating effects. Growers and producers that we directly work with have experienced losses and destruction.

“While the emotional impact of these fires will continue well after they have been extinguished, we offer our facilities to winemakers affected by the bushfires as a way of giving back to the community.”

Winemakers from the Adelaide Hills, who have been affected by the bushfires, should contact Associate Professor Grbin on 0407 916 265 or to discuss how the University can help them.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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