National vintage report 2017

About the report

Wine Australia’s annual vintage report, collected on behalf of the industry across all winegrowing regions in Australia, provides:

  • an estimate of the total crush by region and variety and
  • an analysis of grape purchase value including price dispersion.

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

Price dispersion information is available in spreadsheet format.

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

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

Report summary - 2017 report

The 2017 winegrape crush is estimated to be 1.93 million tonnes, based on responses received by the Wine Sector Survey 2017. This crush is 5 per cent higher than the 2016 final crush figure of 1.84 million tonnes (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – Levies recorded figure). It is the third consecutive vintage where the tonnes crushed have increased.

Additional tonnes this year came relatively equally from the cool and temperate regions of Australia and the warm inland regions (Riverina, Murray Darling-Swan Hill and Riverland). However, the tonnes from the cool and temperate regions increased by 9 per cent compared to a 3 per cent increase in the warm inland regions.

Most regions recorded an increase in tonnes crushed including: Riverland, Riverina, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, Wrattonbully, Margaret River, King Valley, Eden Valley, Heathcote, Tasmania, Orange, Gundagai, Grampians, Hunter Valley, Hilltops, Alpine Valleys and Rutherglen.

Regions where the tonnes crushed declined in 2017 included Murray Darling-Swan Hill, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway, Adelaide Hills, Currency Creek, Goulburn Valley, Cowra, Swan District, Mount Benson, Robe and Mudgee.

The 2017 red variety crush is estimated to be 1,062,660 tonnes – an increase of 112,000 tonnes (up 12 per cent) compared with 2016. The white variety crush is estimated to be 866,970 tonnes, a decrease of 19,000 tonnes (down 2 per cent) compared with 2016. Red varieties increased their share of the crush to 55 per cent, compared with 52 per cent in 2016.

The top three red varieties by volume were Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, together accounting for 85 per cent of the total red crush. Shiraz accounted for 47 per cent of the red crush (up slightly from 2016) while the Cabernet Sauvignon share fell from 27 per cent to 26 per cent and Merlot remained at 12 per cent.

Among the whites, Chardonnay remains the dominant variety. However, its share fell from 47 per cent in 2016 to 42 per cent this year with the Chardonnay crush down 13 per cent.

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 2015 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 Wine Sector 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 2700 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.