Welcome to SAWIA
From its beginning in 1840, the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) is the peak body representing the winemakers and grapegrowers of South Australia – the heart and soul of the Australian wine industry.
We provide leadership, advice and support to South Australian wine businesses, we create opportunities and we help wine companies prosper in the global marketplace.
SAWIA is a one-stop-shop, providing solutions to members on a wide range of topics, including industrial relations, work health safety, environment and liquor licensing.
SAWIA also provides state and national representation and leadership on key issues, and promotional opportunities to help your business grow.
SAWIA's members can access the latest information, reports, resources and tools from this website. And expert advice is just a phone call away, or we can arrange a visit to your business.
1840: a good vintage
SAWIA had its beginning in 1840, only four years after the proclamation of the State of South Australia. It was then known as the Society for the Introduction of Vines. The Honorary Secretary was Mr Harry Watson whose address was appropriately Vine Cottage. The association had 30 subscribers and in 1841 imported 57,000 cuttings of various varieties from South Africa.
The association became an incorporated body in 1934 under the name of the Wholesale Winemakers and Brandy Distillers Association of South Australia.
Various name changes have occurred since then. We became the Winemakers Association of South Australia on 13 August 1937, then Wine & Brandy Producers' Association of South Australia on 23 May 1961. We then became the South Australian Wine and Brandy Industry Association on 28 July 1995, and finally, the South Australian Wine Industry Association Incorporated on 18 September 2003.
The association moved to its current location at the National Wine Centre on 19 March 2001, and continues the long tradition of providing service and opportunity to the South Australian wine industry.