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1329.0 - Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/01/2010   
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There were 1.7 million tonnes of grapes crushed in the 2008-09 financial year, a decrease of 0.1 million tonnes (5.4%) on the previous financial year. Consistent with this decline, the area of grape bearing vines fell to 157 thousand hectares and yields fell to 10.7 tonnes per hectare at 30 June 2009.

There were 1.2 billion litres of beverage wine produced in 2008-09, a decrease of 74.8 million litres (5.9%) compared to 2007-08.

In contrast, 2008-09 exports of Australian produced wine rose 5.2% to 752 million litres as compared to the previous financial year while domestic sales of Australian wine also increased by 0.6% to 430 million litres. The 2008-09 inventory values increased by 0.1% to 1.9 billion litres from 2007-08. Imports of wine into Australia rose 16.7% to 62 million litres in 2008-09, up from 53 million litres reported in 2007-08.


% change from 2007-08

Area of bearing vines (ha)
157 290
Total winegrape production (t)
1 683 643
Fresh grapes crushed (t)
1 732 506
Beverage wine production (million L)
1 182.6
Beverage wine inventories (million L)
1 879.3
Domestic sales of Australian wine (million L)
Domestic sales value of Australian wine ($m)
1 962.2
Exports of Australian wine (million L)
Exports of Australian wine ($m)
2 477.9
Imports of wine (million L)
Imports of wine ($m)

(a) Due to changes in methodology, data presented from the Vineyards Survey, 2008-09 are not directly comparable with data for previous years (see paragraph 7 of Explanatory Notes).
Source: Sales of Australian Wine and Brandy by Winemakers (cat. no. 8504.0), ABS data available on request, Annual Wine Survey, Vineyards Survey.

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