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Funding boost for new "premium beverage experience" in Hills

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Four SA beverage businesses have received a $950,000 State Government grant to help them create a “state-of-the-art” facility in the Adelaide Hills incorporating a cellar door, distillery, brewery and farm shop.

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The grant comes from the Regional Development Fund, which invests in projects that are expected to create jobs and boost economic growth in the state.

Described by the State Government as a “premium beverage experience”, the new Hills facility is a joint project by The Hills Cider Company, Mismatch Brewing, Adelaide Hills Distillery and Ashton Valley Fresh – which between them produce craft beer, cider, spirits and juice products.

It will cost $4.5 million and be located between Nairne and Woodside.

Tobias Kline, co-owner of Hills Cider, said the new facility would enable all four companies involved to grow and improve production capacity.

“The new facility will improve the export potential of all companies – allowing Mismatch Brewing Co and Adelaide Hills Distillery to scale to sufficient export production, and The Hills Cider Company and Ashton Valley Fresh to have the capacity to export to additional markets.”

The plans capitalise on the growing market in South Australia for boutique, small-batch and locally produced drinks, which has seen a boom in the number of new producers in recent years.

Kline said it was hoped that the “Premium Adelaide Hills Beverage Experience” would become a “must-visit destination”.

He added that the cellar door would also offer the opportunity for boutique wine producers in the Adelaide Hills to conduct tastings and sell their wine.

The project is expected to create 35 ongoing jobs and 15 jobs during construction.

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