1 This publication presents estimates from the ABS Vineyards collection, 2012.
2 The Vineyards collection is run on behalf of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC). It is designed to collect varietal information on all significant grape varieties grown and provide information about grape growing and production for wine-making, including areas watered, and volume and sources of water used. The main user of this information is the Australian wine industry's Statistics Working Group (SWG), which is made up of representatives of industry peak bodies and represents the views of the industry on statistical matters.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE
3 In contrast to the 2009 Vineyards collection, the 2012 and 2010 Vineyards collections were a census of all in-scope vineyards. Estimates of area, production and yield are presented in the publication for Australia and states and territories, and are available for sub-state regions in the attached data cubes. The sub-state regions are based on Australian Geographical Indication (GI) zones. State and territory data on watering sources and methods are also available in an attached data cube.
4 Australian Geographical Indication (GI) Zones are official descriptions of Australian wine zones as defined in the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980. For more detail on Australian Geographical Indication (GI) Zones, see the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation website, http://wineaustralia.com/australia
5 The scope of the 2012 Vineyards collection was agricultural businesses recorded on the ABS' Business Register (ABSBR) above a minimum size cut-off. The ABSBR is based on the Australian Business Register (ABR) which is administered and maintained by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
6 A minimum size cut-off of $5,000 was applied to determine whether a business was in-scope for the 2012 Vineyards collection, as well as being identified on the ABSBR as a wine grape grower/vineyard through survey feedback or from Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) information. The measure of size was based on either the ABS' Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) or a derived value based on Business Activity Statement (BAS) turnover.
7 While the ABSBR does not include all agricultural businesses in Australia, it provides improved coverage from the previous ABS-maintained Agricultural Survey frame, since most businesses and organisations in Australia need to obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN) from the ATO for their business operations. The ABR-based register also provides more up-to-date coverage as it excludes agricultural businesses with cancelled ABNs and incorporates regularly updated information on agricultural businesses from the ATO.
8 Viticulture statistics relate to the year in which the harvest occurred and are derived from information obtained in a collection of all known growers. Data quality is continually being improved through advancements in coverage.
9 The statistics in this publication are the final Vineyards estimates for 2011-12. No preliminary data were released for the 2012 Vineyards collection.
10 Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals
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