“We’ve got a dedicated wine team – people working in the wine industry all day, every day. Clients know that our global industry knowledge and industry specific expertise is unrivalled. We’re the firm of choice when it comes to wine law.”

We’re Australia’s principal wine law team – no other firm in Australia has our depth and diversity of expertise in wine law. We’ve worked with the Australian wine industry for decades; locally, interstate and overseas. Our understanding of the wine industry is unparalleled, but we know that it’s critical we also understand our clients’ specific business issues and commercial needs.

We act for clients in every sector of the industry and in every major wine region in Australia. Our diverse client base includes the biggest players in Australia and many household names, right through to numerous small family wineries. We also represent wine industry bodies, research bodies and a whole host of State and regional bodies. We’ll work closely with you to help achieve your business imperatives with strategic, tailored and commercially-relevant advice.

We help wine industry clients with a whole range of legal issues, including business structuring, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, contracts, lease back agreements, land divisions, boundary realignments and water rights allocations. We’re particularly experienced in winery due diligence – you get a more insightful and streamlined service because we know what to look for and where. We’ve been running the Finlaysons Wine Roadshow for over 20 years – visiting the industry on its own turf and giving practical advice on critical business issues.

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Our areas of expertise include:

  • business structuring
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • capital raising
  • joint ventures
  • grape and wine supply, distribution, processing and bottling contracts
  • liquor licensing
  • intellectual property, including foreign trade mark and domain name registrations and geographical indications
  • employment law
  • tax (including WET, GST and stamp duty)
  • occupational health, safety and welfare
  • environmental and planning law, including winery waste management and climate change
  • trade practices, including packaging, consumer protection and market-related issues
  • dispute resolution (particularly grower, processing and distribution contract issues and brand infringement)
  • China business
  • succession planning

Awards & Recognition

  • Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
    Recognised as having the 'market's best wine practice'

  • Doyle's Preeminent Agribusiness Lawyer South Australia, 2016.
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  • Listed in Best Lawyers 2017 for Commercial Law and Corporate Law 2016/17
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