Wine & Spirits

If you are an operator in the wine and liquor industries, you’ll know that the best legal advice comes from lawyers who have the best understanding of these industries. In short, you need a specialist lawyer who doesn’t need to spend hours researching in order to understand the issue you’re facing. That lawyer should not only be an expert in wine law but have a detailed understanding of the full range of issues facing the wine industry. At the same time, you also want that advice to be cost-effective.

At Stanton & Stanton, our team of experts have extensive experience working with clients in the wine and liquor industries. Whether you’re a primary producer, a manufacturer, a wholesaler or a distributor, we can assist you. We act for clients in all sectors of the industry and in all the major wine regions of Australia – ranging from major players to small family wineries. Better still, as a boutique firm without the overheads of a large firm, our team can provide the best in industry specific legal knowledge at a cost-effective price. Our experience includes assisting clients in:

  • business structures;
  • vineyard and winery acquisitions;
  • acting for clients in joint ventures;
  • preparing growers’ agreements;
  • lease-back agreements;
  • land divisions;
  • water rights allocations;
  • drafting domestic and international distributor agreements;
  • putting together licensing and franchising agreements;
  • trademarks;
  • brand protection; and
  • Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) audits.

Finally, if your business is a family business, we can provide legal advice relating to business structures and succession.