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 purchases including price dispersion.

National Vintage Report 2021

Region and variety intake summary tables

Crush and price data for all individual regions and varieties is available on the Wine Australia interactive Vintage Survey Dashboard. The dashboard also provides price dispersion data and includes all survey results from 2015–2021.

Webinar recording

Watch a webinar presentation: Overview of the National Vintage Report 2021

Previous vintage reports

Vintage reports for 2016 and 2017 are available on request. Vintage reports prior to 2016 can be found on the WFA website.

Report summary - 2021 report

The 2021 Australian winegrape crush is estimated to be 2.03 million tonnes, the largest ever recorded, after a season characterised by near-perfect growing and ripening conditions across most states and regions. The larger crush balanced out the two previous below-average vintages, with the average of the three being closely in line with the long-term average.

South Australia accounted for the largest share of the crush, with an estimated 1.06 million tonnes (52 per cent of the total). Its crush increased by 44 per cent overall compared with the previous year. NSW was the second largest contributor with an estimated 0.58 million tonnes but lost share from 32 per cent to 29 per cent of the national crush as it only increased by 17 per cent. Victoria crushed 0.33 million tonnes and increased by 25 per cent, retaining a 17 per cent share overall. Western Australia and Tasmania increased by 21 per cent and 18 per cent respectively, while the reported crush from Queensland more than doubled, but from a very low base.

Crush by colour and variety

The crush of red grapes in 2021 is estimated to be 1.16 million tonnes – an increase of over 300,000 tonnes (37 per cent) compared with 2020. This was the largest red crush for at least 15 years at 31 per cent above the 10-year average. It was only the second time since 2005 that the red crush has exceeded 1 million tonnes. The white crush was 0.86 million tonnes – an increase of just over 170,000 tonnes (25 per cent) compared with 2020, and 1 per cent above the 10-year average. This smaller increase led to white grapes reducing their share of the total from 45 per cent in 2020 to 43 per cent – the third year in a row that it has declined and the lowest it has been since 2004, reflecting the shift in popularity towards reds over the past few years. 

Of the top 10 red varieties, Mataro/Mourvèdre and Malbec had the largest increases in percentage terms, while Durif continued its strong growth, up 56 per cent compared with the 5-year average  and moving up another place in the top 10, overtaking Ruby Cabernet to be the 6th largest red variety. Ruby Cabernet slipped to 8th position as it was one of very few varieties to have a lower reported crush in 2021 than in 2020.

The crush for all top 10 white varieties increased in 2021 compared with the previous year, except for Gewürztraminer, which declined by 4 per cent year-on-year, and by 28 per cent compared with the 5-year average. Prosecco showed the strongest growth, increasing by over 50 per cent compared with 2020 and by over 100 per cent (more than double) compared with the 5-year average.

Winegrape prices

The value of the 2021 crush at the weighbridge was an estimated $1.56 billion, an increase of $400 million (36 per cent) compared with 2020, as a result of the increased crush and higher grape prices. The overall average value increased by 1 per cent from $694 per tonne to $701 per tonne, the highest since 2008.

Read more about the 2021 vintage here

Price dispersion

Price dispersion data for all individual regions and varieties from 2015–2021 can be found on the Wine Australia interactive Vintage Survey Dashboard.

Price dispersion information is also available in spreadsheet format (see below).

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

Other 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 2020 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.

Read more about the National Vintage Survey


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