Australian wine: Production, sales and inventory report

About the report

The Australian Wine: Production Sales and Inventory Report presents the results of the annual Wine Production, Sales and Inventory Survey, conducted by Wine Australia. The report aims to provide an overview of the current supply and demand situation for Australian wine.

Report summary

The report includes the latest national statistics on:

  • the Australian winegrape crush
  • wine production
  • domestic sales
  • Australian wine exports
  • total Australian wine sales and,
  • inventory (along with inventory-to-sales ratios).

The report is updated annually, once that year's survey results are available.

A total of 1.98 million tonnes of wine grapes was crushed in 2017 – up from 1.85 million tonnes in 2016. The red grape crush drove the growth, up 18 per cent to 1.1 million tonnes. Wine production increased by 5 per cent overall to 1.37 billion litres, compared with just under 1.3 billion litres in 2016.

Domestic sales of Australian wine increased in value by 6 per cent and in volume by 2 per cent in the 2016-17 financial year. The total value of domestic sales (based on winemaker receipts) was $3.3 billion, while volume increased by 10 million litres to 500 million litres.

Exports also grew in 2016-17, with value up by 9 per cent to $2.3 billion and volume up by 7 per cent to 777 million litres.

Total Australian wine inventory finished the year at 1.97 billion litres, an increase of 65 million litres (3 per cent).  Red wine increased by 7 per cent, while white wine decreased by 1 per cent.

See also the Small Winemaker Production and Sales survey.

About the survey

Wine Australia’s Production, Sales and Inventory Survey was sent to the top 150 wineries based on grape crush size in 2017. A separate survey was conducted of the 2098 small wineries with an estimated crush of up to 500 tonnes. Other data sources used include: ABS, Drinks Association, IRI, Levies Revenue Service, Winetitles and the Wine Australia export database.

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