Sector

Food, wine and agribusiness

• Horticulture • Dairy • Grains • Meat and Livestock • Seafood and Aquaculture • Wine • Food manufacturing • Beverages

Highlights

South Australia is internationally recognised as a reliable, safe and sustainable producer and exporter of premium fresh and value-added food and beverages, grown in a clean environment, using world-leading technology and practices.

South Australia produces 80% of Australia’s premium wine.

Our state has the largest agricultural research precinct in the Southern Hemisphere located near to the Australian Institute of Machine Learning for collaboration on crop management and farming conditions.

Investing in Food, Wine and Agribusiness

South Australia is centrally located, making our state an ideal hub for the distribution of premium food across Australia, with established export networks by air and sea for export to Asia.
 
We have strong biosecurity frameworks and traceability systems and are close to a diverse range of agricultural sub-sectors such as dairy, grains, horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture, viticulture, forestry and livestock.
 
South Australia dominates the Australian wine industry, with just under half of all Australian vineyards situated in our state – we’re home to over 700 wineries, 350 cellar doors and 3,400 grape growers.

Investment advantages

South Australia provides the perfect environment for primary producers to connect with ag-tech developers through collaborative networks. Our state also has the largest concentration of agricultural research institutions in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
We are home to the most diverse and innovative range of aquaculture systems in Australia and the only state with an Aquaculture Act.
 
We’re the most cost-effective mainland state in Australia, have strong logistics networks, are close to Asia and have agricultural land available close to the city centre, providing financial efficiencies to companies.

Connected ecosystem

Our food and wine are amongst the best in the world, offered against some of the most stunning landscapes and scenes. We provide an immersive visitor experience when people come to our state.
 
Working with the hi-tech sector in South Australia provides opportunities for the application of ag-tech to enhance agricultural productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Primary contact

Looking to identify opportunities, strategic partnerships and get advice on the South Australian Food, wine and agribusiness sector

Nicolle Sincock

Director, Food, Wine and Agribusiness


Department for Trade and Investment

Food, Wine and Agribusiness

+61 418 215 838 Nicolle.Sincock@sa.gov.au

Case studies

CH4 expands into South Australia

International seaweed harvesting company CH4 Global is establishing a new seaweed cattle feed supplement industry in Australia hopes to set up thousands of hectares in South Australia’s regions.

Aquaculturing the red seaweed at scale bring three key benefits to South Australia. It grows jobs, the economy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

Dr Steve Meller
CH4 Global