Orange wine producer James Robson of Ross Hill Wines is feeling "super excited" about his wine making inroads into the UK market.
Ross Hill Wines is one of two local wineries to have secured a distribution deal with newly launched UK-based online business, One More Wine Shop, which specialises in Australian and New Zealand wines.
"We've sent a little bit under two pallets - about 100 cases so far - and the feedback they're getting is really good," Mr Robson said.
"It takes a bit of time to get a business going, but we're super excited because the UK is one of the biggest wine markets in the world, and certainly after the loss of our China exports it was great to pick up," Mr Robson said.
Late last year China imposed crippling import taxes on Australian wine that have made the Chinese market unviable for local producers.
Ross Hill and other Orange wine producers took a big hit - about 20 percent of sales from Ross Hill were to China - but Mr Robson says producers have "moved on" and are focusing on new markets, including South Korea, which Ross Hill secured a deal with earlier this year.
Angullong Wines, which previously sent " several thousand cases" of wine to China each year, joined Ross Hill on the UK-based One More Wine Shop platform last week.
"They've taken on a selection of our wines. Hopefully it's the start of more to come," said general manager Ben Crossing.
"We've got to find alternative markets. The UK has always been a good market for Australian wine and the free trade agreement that's just been struck between Australia and the UK should help."
Mr Crossing said One More Wine Shop was an ideal way for people in Australia to send local wines to friends and family overseas.
"It's a great platform to have wines delivered directly rather than it being in a retail outlet where people have to go and find it. People can get online and have some local wine sent to their family or friends in the UK."
Meanwhile, Ross Hill's James Robson said local wineries were looking forward with anticipation to the reopening of regional travel to Sydneysiders from November 1.
"We're just really looking forward to being open.
"We've got a terrific team of people up here and we're all keen as mustard.
"Customer contact is a huge part of our business. We love it."
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