1329.0.55.003 - Australian Grape Crush & Wine Production, 2008-09  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/10/2009   
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1 This publication presents selected estimates from the ABS collections: Wine and Spirit Production, 2008-09 and Inventories of Australian Wine and Brandy, Owned by Winemakers at 30 June 2009. Not all data from these collections are published here. More information compiled from these collections will be available in a compendium product due for release in early 2010. Further data is also available for a charge, on application to the ABS.


2 Through the Wine and Spirit Production Survey the ABS collects grape crush and production information from over 350 wineries which crushed 50 tonnes of grapes or more in the 2008-09 financial year. Wineries crushing less than this amount are not included in estimates but are expected to contribute less than 1.5% to the total crush.

3 Winemakers who crush more than 50 tonnes of grapes are included in the Wine and Spirit Production Survey. The grapes crushed by these wineries includes grapes owned by others and crushed on a commission or contract basis, often for wine producers who do not have their own crushing facilities.

4 Winemakers who crush more than 400 tonnes of grapes are included in the Inventories of Australian Wine and Brandy Survey. These details on inventories of Australian beverage wine by wine type are collected at 30 June.

5 Inventories data collected from 1996 include all Australian-produced wines owned by these winemakers and held anywhere in Australia. In years previous to 1996, inventories included only those Australian-produced wines held by winemakers on any of their own premises, regardless of ownership. This change in the measurement of inventories means that data for 1996 and later are not directly comparable with earlier years.