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7123.2.55.001 - Agricultural State Profile, Victoria, 2004-05  
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Grape production has increased significantly in Victoria in recent years.

Data for 2004-05 indicated there were 35,000 hectares of bearing vines in Victoria and a further 3,700 hectares not yet bearing fruit. A total of 551,000 tonnes of grapes were produced, with most (71%) grown for winemaking. White grape production (340,000 tonnes) exceeded red grape production (211,000 tonnes).

Four varieties of grapes accounted for 64% of all production: sultana (138,000 tonnes), chardonnay (98,200 tonnes), shiraz (64,800) and cabernet sauvignon (51,100 tonnes).


VITICULTURE, Victoria, year ended 30 June

Vines
non-bearing
Vines
bearing
area
ha
area
ha
Production
'000 t

2001
4,623
32,301
439.7
2002
3,618
35,035
514.1
2003
3,839
34,446
405.4
2004
3,600
34,929
532.3
2005
3,715
35,049
551.2

Sources: Agriculture, Australia (cat. no. 7113.0) and Agricultural Commodities, Australia (cat. no. 7121.0).

Data for 2004-05 indicated 84% of all grape production in Victoria came from the Mallee Statistical Division (465,000 tonnes). This was followed by the Ovens-Murray Statistical Division with 29,800 tonnes.

VITICULTURE, 2004-05

Statistical Division
Vines
non-bearing
area
'000 ha
Vines
bearing
area
'000 ha
Production
'000 t

Melbourne
0.2
3.0
19.5
Barwon
-
0.5
2.7
Western District
-
0.2
0.9
Central Highlands
0.1
1.1
5.2
Wimmera
-
0.3
1.2
Mallee
2.7
22.6
464.6
Loddon
0.1
1.2
6.1
Goulburn
0.3
2.9
20.6
Ovens-Murray
0.3
3.0
29.8
East Gippsland
-
0.1
0.2
Gippsland
-
0.1
0.5
Victoria
3.7
35.0
551.2

- nil or rounded to zero (includes null cells)
Source: Unpublished ABS data available on request, 2005 Vineyards Collection.

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