1329.0.55.002 - Vineyards Estimates, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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Estimates from the 2010 Vineyards collection indicate that total wine grape production was down 9% from 2009.


Wine grape growers cultivated 157 thousand hectares of vines for the 2010 season. The total bearing area for wine grapes was 152 thousand hectares, while the area not yet bearing was 4.8 thousand hectares. Red wine grape varieties comprised 61% of the total area of vines and 61% of the total bearing area.


Total wine grape production in 2010 was 1.5 million tonnes, a decrease from 1.7 million tonnes the previous year. South Australia remained the largest producing state with 731 thousand tonnes. New South Wales was the next largest producing state with 443 thousand tonnes, followed by Victoria with 284 thousand tonnes.

Red wine grape production (845 thousand tonnes) was higher than white wine grape production (688 thousand tonnes). The highest red wine grape production was in South Australia with 57% (482 thousand tonnes) of total red wine grapes produced. The highest white wine grape production was in New South Wales with 36% (250 thousand tonnes) of total white wine grapes produced, closely followed by South Australia with 248 thousand tonnes.

Three varieties of grapes accounted for 60% of all wine grape production: shiraz (403 thousand tonnes), chardonnay (298 thousand tonnes) and cabernet sauvignon (214 thousand tonnes). Shiraz accounted for 48% of all red wine grape production in 2010, compared to 44% in 2009. Chardonnay accounted for 43% of all white wine production in 2010, compared to 48% in 2009.

RED WINE GRAPE PRODUCTION (a), Australia - 2010
Graph: RED WINE GRAPE PRODUCTION (a), Australia—2010

Graph: WHITE WINE GRAPE PRODUCTION (a), Australia—2010