Grant awarded to Australian group

Australia's First Families of Wine has won a grant from the Australian government worth more than £250,000.

The group of 12 family-run wineries was awarded AUD$429,000 thanks to its programme of tastings and masterclasses for independent retailers and consumers the week before the London wine fair.

AFFW was set up to showcase examples of varietal and regional wines from Australia.

Colin Campbell, of Campbell’s Wines in Rutherglen, said: “The grant came from a federal government programme promoting Australian produce.

“We put together the plan for the programme, costed it out and went back to the government and applied for the grant. We were one of 30 lucky recipients.

“A lot of it has been spent on our work in the UK, where we went to London, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh. We'll follow it up with other educational programmes through the year.”