With the Chinese market accounting for about 40% of Australia’s wine exports, China’s imposed harsh tariffs have left winemakers facing a bleak future.
Now in a stand against China, an international movement is urging millions around the globe to purchase Aussie wine.
Behind the movement is the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance for China, which was initiated in June and now has more than 200 participants in 19 parliaments worldwide.
Angie Bradbury, Chair of Wine Victoria, says it is really wonderful to see the wine industry being able to get this kind of support.”
“It is a really big issue,” she told Ross and Russel.
Ms Bradbury, however, said that Australia had to learn from the situation and rely less on China.
“You can’t have all your eggs in one basket,” she said.
Domestically, supporting local wineries is more critical than ever.
“There’s more individual wineries in Victoria than in any other state, and people don’t know that,” Ms Bradbury said.
“We need every restaurant, bottle shop, pub and consumer to support local.”