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FOR THE LOVE OF WINE: Wine by Sam founders Bronwyn Dunwoodie and Sam Plunkett. Mr Plunkett believes there is enormous potential for the Strathbogie region in winemaking.

LOCAL winemakers say that the Strathbogie region has a lot of untapped potential for viticulture and more wineries after an independent economic report showed grape growers, winemakers and wine tourism operators contribute $45.5 billion to the Australian economy.

Avenel wine producer Sam Plunkett, who runs winery and cellar door Wine by Sam in Seymour says the figures are encouraging as the region is recovering from a reduction of area under vine.

“From my perspective the wine industry was bigger in the Strathbogie region a decade ago, but these figures do sound correct from a local perspective,” Mr Plunkett said.

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