$500k expansion

Gracebrook buck trend of growers leaving wine industry

GRACEBROOK Vineyards is going against the trend in the wine industry, planning a $500,000 development, while many others are getting out of the game.

The King Valley vineyard, owned by David and Rhonda Maples, has received $50,000 in State Government funding towards its development.

The development will see a commercial kitchen added to the boutique winery’s cellar door as well as an expansion of small batch winemaking facilities to allow the winery to process its own specialized white wine varieties.

Some 10 full time jobs are expected to be created on completion of the project, which Mr Maples said would take 18 months to two years to complete.

It follows hot on the heels of Gracebrook’s purchase of Avalon Wines, which expanded the company’s acreage and the variety of wines it can offer.

Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla) made the announcement that the government would chip in $50k towards the project through its Putting Locals First program.

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