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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW
    Annual collection sent to each establishment of Winemakers crushing >400 tonnes of grapes per year. Information is obtained on red and white grapes crushed, wine production, spirit used and spirit produced. Some State and regional data is available.

    PURPOSE
    Data on total production provides one of the inputs for an industry reconciliation. Grape crush data is used to confront viticulture data on grape production for winemaking.

    SCOPE
    All winemakers who crush more than 400 tonnes of grapes.

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework
    Winemakers crushing more than 400 tonnes of grapes report materials used and articles produced for wine production, and spirit usage and production. This is an activity based survey.

    Main outputs
    Quantifies the size of the grape crush and the wine and spirit production by state, with some regional data for SA and NSW published in the annual Australian Wine and Grape Industry (ABS Cat. No. 1329.0).

    Classifications

    Grape type crushed, Type of grape juice used, Type of wine and grape juice produced, Type of spirit used and produced.

    Other concepts (summary)
    For the purposes of this collection, winemakers are those businesses that crush grapes, ferment wine, ie, take grape juice and turn it into wine. Winemakers that blend wine only are considered outside the scope for this collection.

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    ACT
    Other (specify below)

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Statistics are available for several "recognised grape-producing regions" within NSW, Vic., SA, and WA. These regions equate to or are the aggregation of a number of Local Government areas.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Annually

    Frequency comments
    Collection forms are despatched approximately the end of June each year with a return date by the end of July. The data are published approximately six months following the reference period.

    COLLECTION HISTORY
    Data is available from 1963-64. At that time the collection split Fortified wine into 'dry white', 'sweet white' and 'sweet red' categories, while Unfortified wine was split into 'red' and 'white' categories. An additional split is available for production 'in bond' and 'out of bond'.
    1970-71 the 'in bond', 'out of bond ' split was dropped.
    1975-76 Fortified and Unfortified type splits were dropped.
    1976-77 Scope changed from winemakers crushing >10 tonnes to winemakers crushing>400 tonnes.The estimated scope was 98% of total crushings and wine production.
    1977-78 Materials used in the form of 'fresh grapes processed' and 'grape spirit used' was first published.
    1986-87 A separate collection of winemakers crushing >50 and <400 tonnes was created for coverage purposes.
    1994-95 Grapes crushed has been split into 'red' and 'white' grapes crushed.
    1996-97 only, user funding was provided to collect 7 specified red grape varieties crushed and 8 specified white grape varieties.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments
    Data are released approximately 6 months after the reference period, in the annual Australian Wine and Grape Industry (ABS Cat No. 1329.0).


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    30/01/2007 09:24 AM



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