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1329.0 - Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2010   
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There were 1.6 million tonnes of grapes crushed in the 2009-10 financial year, a decrease of 0.1 million tonnes (7.5%) on the previous financial year. Consistent with this decline, the area of grape bearing vines fell to 152 thousand hectares and yields fell to 10.1 tonnes per hectare at 30 June 2010.

There were 1.14 billion litres of beverage wine produced in 2009-10, a decrease of 0.04 billion litres (3.4%) compared to 2008-09.

In contrast, 2009-10 exports of Australian produced wine rose 4.8% to 789 million litres as compared to the previous financial year while domestic sales of Australian wine also increased by 4.7% to 471 million litres. The 2009-10 inventory values declined by 8.3% to 1.7 billion litres from 2008-09. Imports of wine into Australia rose 3.3% to 64 million litres in 2009-10.


% change from 2008-09

Area of bearing vines (ha)
151 789
Total winegrape production (t)
1 533 246
Fresh grapes crushed (t) (b)
1 603 012
Beverage wine production (million L)
1 142.3
Beverage wine inventories (million L)
1 722.6
Domestic sales of Australian wine (million L)
Domestic sales value of Australian wine ($m)
2 122.6
Exports of Australian wine (million L)
Exports of Australian wine ($m)
2 168.3
Imports of wine (million L)
Imports of wine ($m)

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(a) Due to changes in methodology, data presented from the Vineyards Survey, 2009-10 are not directly comparable with data for previous years (see paragraph 7 of Explanatory Notes).
(b) Grape crush data are greater than wine grape production data in the viticulture tables (see paragraph 4 of the 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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