National vintage report

About the report

Wine Australia’s annual vintage report is produced on behalf of the wine sector based on survey data collected across all winegrowing regions in Australia. It provides:

  • an estimate of the total crush in Australia;
  • a summary of the grape crush in each region by variety; and
  • an analysis of grape purchase value by variety and region including price dispersion.

Both the full report (with a detailed appendix of intake summary tables by region and variety) and a summary infographic are provided. 

Vintage reports from past years can be found on the WFA website.

Report summary - 2018 report

The 2018 winegrape crush is estimated to be 1.79 million tonnes, based on responses received by the National vintage survey 2018. This crush is 10 per cent lower than the 2017 final crush figure of 1.99 million tonnes (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources levies unit recorded figure), and 3 per cent below the average over the past three years (2015-2017) of 1.85 million tonnes. However, it is 2 per cent above the long-term average of 1.76 million tonnes and reflects a return to more normal cropping levels after an exceptionally large crop last year.

The decline in tonnes compared with 2017 was greatest in percentage terms from the cool/temperate regions, which were down by 20 per cent overall, while the warm inland regions (Riverina, Murray Darling & Swan Hill and the Riverland) were down by 5 per cent.

The 2018 red variety crush is estimated to be 932,334 tonnes – a decrease of 164,420 tonnes (15 per cent) compared with 2017. The white variety crush is estimated to be 861,848 tonnes, a decrease of 34,217 tonnes (down 4 per cent) compared with 2017. Red varieties decreased their share of the crush to 52 per cent, compared with 55 per cent in 2017, bringing it more in line with the three-year average.

The top three red varieties by volume were Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, together accounting for 84 per cent of the total red crush. Pinot Noir was the only red variety in the top 10 to record an increase in tonnage, up 2 per cent on 2017.

Among the whites, the crush of Chardonnay increased by 9 per cent after a big decline in 2017. This saw its share of the white crush return from 42 per cent last year to 47 per cent in 2018.

The estimated average purchase value across all grape varieties was $609 in 2018, an increase of 8 per cent compared with the price of $565 calculated in 2017. This figure is the highest since 2008 and above the average price across the past 10 years of $508 per tonne.

The overall average price for red varieties increased by 11 per cent to $768 per tonne, while the average price for whites increased by 5 per cent to $444 per tonne.

Price dispersion

Price dispersion information for the 2018 and 2017 vintages are available as a separate reports in spreadsheet format.

Price dispersion reports for earlier vintages are also available. Contact market.insights@wineaustralia.com or 8228 2000 for more information.

State and regional winegrape crush reports

South Australia

The SA winegrape crush reports are produced by Wine Australia on behalf of the South Australian Wine Industry Association, the Wine Grape Council of SA Inc. and Primary Industries and Regions SA, using the data collected as part of the national vintage survey.  

The full reports, and separate state and regional summaries, can be found on the Vinehealth Australia website. Archived reports for years 2000 to 2017 are also available.

Murray Darling & Swan Hill

The Murray Darling & Swan Hill winegrape crush report is published annually, based on data collected as part of the national vintage survey.  The report can be found on the Murray Valley Winegrowers' Inc website. Previous years' reports are also available.

About the survey

The National Vintage Survey is a single annual crush and price survey conducted by Wine Australia on behalf of the Australian wine sector. This report has been prepared based on an analysis of the survey results.

All Wine Australia levy payers (approximately 2200 businesses) are surveyed. Respondents are asked to provide individual transaction data by variety and region for grape purchases and a summary of their own grown fruit by variety and region. This enables accurate reporting of crush (production) and price dispersion data by variety and GI region as well as at a national and state level.


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