About the report
The National Vineyard Scan 2018 is part of a project funded by Wine Australia to geolocate all winegrape vineyards in Australia, using a computer algorithm to scan aerial imagery and detect vineyards without human intervention. The project has been undertaken by Consilium Technology on behalf of Wine Australia and will be repeated for three years from 2018-2020.
The report provides total vineyard area by GI for all GI designations in Australia, as well as total vinerow length and average vinerow length per hectare.
The National Vineyard Scan 2018 found the total area of winegrape vineyards in Australia to be 146,128 hectares. This compares with 135,133 hectares reported by the ABS in the last vineyard survey conducted in 2014.
The increase of 11,000 hectares nationally in four years is less than 2% average annual growth rate, indicating only very moderate increases in plantings over that timeframe.
The total vinerow length measured was 463,718 km, representing an overall average across all vineyards of 3.17 km/ha. The state with the highest vine density (vinerows per hectare) was Tasmania, and the lowest were New South Wales and Queensland.
The National Vineyard Scan 2018 is part of a major project called Vinsites being undertaken by Wine Australia to develop a foundation data set of Australia’s winegrape vineyards, including area, location and varieties.
The project fits under Strategy 4 of Wine Australia’s strategic plan: Improving resource management and sustainability.
More information on the National Vineyard Scan project.
More information on the Vinsites project
More information on Consilium and GAIA.