Supporting regional South Australia
As well as paying relevant taxes PLW provides both direct and indirect employment in a regional area. PLW paid $7.8M (2011: $8.3M) in wages and salaries with the majority of this being paid to employees located in South Australia.
Although PLW employs only about 100 people the business generates a certain cash flow on effect as we buy fruit from about 139 independent grape growers and the services of Barossa Valley based bottlers and printers are used. PLW supports the region by buying other goods and services from local business wherever possible.
As a large producer of Barossa wine we are very supportive of the formation of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association to interact with local councils to improve infrastructure and to promote the Barossa region domestically and internationally.
Involvement in regional events
PLW is committed to the region as well as providing a memorable experience for visitors. We host the Day on the Green concerts and participate in the biennial Vintage Festival, Para Road Wine Path event and Barossa Slow food and wine celebration.
Transition from school and further education to the workplace
PLW hosts visits from local school students interested in the winemaking process and job opportunities. If it is possible, on request we also provide work experience for students.
For over 20 years PLW has been the official wine sponsor for the awards dinner for the CSCC Graduate Cooks Awards for students graduating from the Certificate 111 commercial cookery course in Canberra and the surrounding area.
The Barossa Valley district has a rich heritage, diverse interests and strong community spirit. PLW actively supports the many activities which make the Barossa such a great place to live and to visit. We sponsor a range of sporting teams and community groups.
Support for Charities
PLW is a partner with South Australian Club Variety – The Children’s Charity which through entertainment, sporting and business people devoting their time, talent and skills raises funds to assist children who are sick, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. In 2012 the South Australian Variety Club Bash raised $1.8M and these funds will be spent in South Australia on a number of projects. PLW Director Doug Lehmann is a long term Bash participant and committed supporter.
For more than a decade PLW has been the major wine sponsor for the Abel Australia Charity Wine Auction which raises about $100,000 each year for deaf and blind people. PLW is also proud to have been involved over the last 7 years as the official wine sponsor for the RSPCS (ACT) charity Ball.
Employees from PLW have formed a touch footy team to compete in the annual Portavin Touch Wine competition. The wine industry and a group of sponsors got behind UK wine writer Matthew Jukes’ idea for a national touch football tournament to raise funds. The South Australian event is a fundraiser for the Hutt Street Centre which is a frontline agency for homeless and disadvantaged people.