This section lists a number of high-level summary reports with key statistics on the wine sector including plantings, grape crush, sales, exports and economic contribution. It also includes the latest State of Play report for the sector and an entertaining look at the history of wine production in Australia.
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Overview: Australian wine - uniquely Australian, fresh, authentic, exciting and internationally competitive
Australia has around 4 per cent of world wine production and is the world's fifth largest wine exporter. It is made up of 65 wine regions, approximately 2500 wineries and over 6000 grapegrowers.
The Australian wine sector contributes over $40 billion annually to the Australian economy.
Australian wine growing areas extend from the Granite Belt in southern Queensland to Tasmania in the south and Margaret River in the west. Most of the regions are located on or near the coast. There is a big range of climates, soil types and varietal mixes making Australia’s wine offering very diverse.
There are over 100 varieties grown in Australia. The top five are: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
The sector has been through some tumultuous times. Global demand for Australian wine created a boom in new vineyard plantings in the late 1990s. Australian exports grew at extraordinary rates through to a peak in 2007. From 1991 to 2007, the Australian wine sector more than tripled production from less than 400 million litres to 1.2 billion litres. The sector built an enviable global reputation for producing quality wine and created strong export markets particularly in the UK, USA and Canada.
The Australian wine sector state of play indicates that the short-term outlook for the wine sector is positive, with continuing sales growth expected, especially in export markets, and strengthening prices for wine and grapes, driven by strong demand. However, competition from larger wine producing countries and changes in consumer demand will continue to put pressure on Australian wine producers.
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Australian Wine Tourism Snapshot Latest update: 25 Nov 2019
The Australian Wine Tourism Snapshot is a one-page overview of wine tourism in Australia. It provides the latest summary statistics based on tourists that included visiting a winery (as an activity) during their trip. View more
Australian wine sector state of play Latest update: 05 Nov 2019
A comprehensive presentation for the Australian wine sector, combining data from multiple sources to give an overview of supply and demand factors that impact the global wine market.
Australian wine's economic contribution Latest update: 16 Oct 2019
This report is an economic impact assessment of the wine sector’s direct and flow-on contribution to the Australian economy. It was prepared for Wine Australia. View more
Australian Wine Sector at a glance Latest update: 26 Mar 2019
The Australian Wine Sector at a glance is an annual one-page overview of the Australian wine sector. View more
Regional snapshots Latest update: 06 Feb 2019
Regional Snapshots are one-page profiles of individual Australian wine regions and provide at-a-glance summary statistics on: climatic characteristics, viticulture data, winegrape production, winegrape price and export sales data for wine from the region, compared against the same statistics for the whole of Australia. View more
Varietal snapshots - wine grape types Latest update: 01 Feb 2019
One-page profiles of Australian winegrape varieties with at-a-glance summary statistics on: major wine regions, total planted area, price and sales data for the variety compared with other varieties. View more
Australian Wine: State of the Sector 2018 report Latest update: 23 Jan 2018
The State of the Sector 2018 report is a detailed and entertaining examination of the Australian wine sector, its history and evolution, current situation and future prospects. View more