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Wine law

Grope Hamilton Lawyers, headed by long time wine industry stalwart and specialist wine lawyer Mark Hamilton, provides solutions for wine industry matters including:

  • General commercial legal advice
  • Business disputes and litigation
  • Commercial transactions including;
    • acquisition and disposal of wineries and vineyards
    • leasing of wineries and vineyards
    • distribution and agency agreements
    • grape supply, processing and bottling contracts
  • Debt collection
  • Employment contracts and issues
  •  Environmental issues and preventions involving winery waste
  • Wine brand protection including securing intellectual property rights and enforcement by court action
  • Liquor licensing and wine export licences
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Export and overseas markets including China wine business
  • Trade protection including packaging issues



We can help your wine business, cost effectively

If you're thinking all this expertise comes at a high cost, you will probably be pleasantly surprised. Cost efficiency is our mantra, plus, while our service is national, we're based in Adelaide, so our charge out rates compare very favourably with many large Adelaide and interstate firms.

However, where you're most likely to save money is in time. Brief Mark and he can hit the ground running as he knows the industry, has deep personal business experience in the sector and understands its peculiar ways and foibles. He may even shed a business insight along the way.

Mark's unrivalled wine industry experience

Mark Hamilton is a strategically insightful commercial lawyer with great depth of experience in the wine industry. He comes from South Australia's founding family, was a director of a major wine company at 21 and has acted on an extensive range of wine industry and grape growing matters for over 30 years.

Mark also runs his own grape growing and winery operation, Hamilton's Ewell Vineyards, with interests across the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and the Lower Murray.

Download the latest edition of Legally Red - the Wine Edition (644kb)




Mark Hamilton's industry clout is well recognised. He has contributed to Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine, Australian Vignerons Magazine and has written regular wine columns and reviews for the Law Society Bulletin. Browse these articles below.

2017 articles

Wine industry litigation

Wine industry legal risks

Protecting your wine brand

Potential contract winemaking pitfalls

Distribution contract compensation clauses

Infringement of trademarks on the internet

Personal Property Securities Act changed retenton of title rules


2016 articles

Effective debt collection for wineries

Trademarks protect global brands

Australian wine export spray risk

Wills and estate planning in private wine and vineyard enterprises

Issues arising under grape contracts


2015 and earlier articles

Legally Red Wine Law newsletter May 2013

Property Act Changes Retention of Title Rules 

Trademarks Protect Local Brands

Developing Brand Equity

Protecting Your Brand

The Bull Fight - Protecting Your Wine Brand

Virtual Wine Brand Growth

Internet Trade Mark Infringement

Contract Winemaking Pitfalls

Australian Wine Industry Spray Risk

Australian Wine Exports at Spray Risk

Effective Debt Collection for Wineries 1

Effective Debt Collection For Wineries 2

Retention of Title Clauses

Asset Rich, Cash Poor - Fundraising Options

Distribution Contract Compensation Clauses

The Laughing Magpie 2004

Wine Industry Legal Risks

Wine Industry Legal Risks 2005

Industry Growth At The Crossroads

Wineries Strive To Keep Balance

Deceptive Trends Can Play Tricks on Reality

Industry Eyes Watch for Bottom of Cycle

Mark Hamilton

"Mark Hamilton's strategy was innovative and effective. The way Mark approached our particular dispute was to create enough doubt in the mind of the receiver of the distributor that they tended to take Mark's advice over that of their own lawyers."

Peter Schulz - Former Co-Proprietor, Turkey Flat Vineyards, Barossa Valley

"As much as I hate to admit it, Mark Hamilton knows more about the wine industry than I do. He would be a brilliant asset to any wine-related business"

Dennis Davies - Proprietor, Craneford Wines, Barossa Valley