Australian Wine Sector 2017 at a glance

The Australian Wine Sector at a glance is a one-page overview of the Australian wine sector. It provides the latest summary statistics on:

  • Total vineyard area in Australia and top five varieties
  • Total winegrape crush by state
  • Total wine production by colour
  • Australian wine exports by volume, value and major destination
  • Domestic wine sales by source (local vs imported) and top varietals
  • Wine business statistics including employment figures and number of grapegrowing and winemaking businesses.

Report summary - 2017

The latest figures on total vineyard area in Australia are: total area 135,133 ha, of which Shiraz accounted for 39,893 ha (30%). Chardonnay was the largest white variety with 21,442 ha (16%).

The total winegrape crush in 2017 was 1.98 million tonnes, of which South Australian regions accounted for 984,000 tonnes (51%). From this, winemakers produced 1.37 billion litres of wine – giving an average extraction rate of 689 litres/tonne.

There are estimated to be 2468 wineries and 6251 grapegrowers employing 172,736 full and part-time employees across 65 winegrowing regions in Australia, contributing over $40 billion annually to the Australian economy.

The report is updated annually. See also the National Vintage Report and the Australian Wine Production Sales and Inventory Report.

About the sources

This report is derived from a number of sources which provide data to the Australian wine sector. 

  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides the vineyard area data. Historical reports are available on their website.
  • The latest crush data has been sourced from the Wine Australia Wine Sector Survey 2017.
  • Production and domestic sales has been collected by Wine Australia in the annual Production, Inventory and Sales Survey.
  • The export data is sourced from the Wine Australia Export Approvals Database, which is updated monthly and can be accessed through report builders on this website (levy-payers only).

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