1329.0.55.002 - Vineyards, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
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Image: wine casks WHITE WINE
  • Production of white wine grapes increased nationally (up to 776,000 tonnes) and in all Australian states except for Queensland and Tasmania, while the area planted to white wine grapevines fell in all states, contributing to an 8% fall nationally, down to 57,000 hectares since the 2010 season.
  • The top white wine varieties produced were Chardonnay (almost half of national white wine production) with 348,000 tonnes (up by 17% or 50,000 tonnes since 2010), Sauvignon Blanc with 81,000 tonnes (up by 13% or 10,000 tonnes) and Semillon with 78,000 tonnes (up by 2% or 1,000 tonnes). Notable increases in production for other varieties include Pinot Gris, up by 28% to 50,000 tonnes since 2010 and Muscat a Petit Grains Blanc (Frontignac) up by 125% to 12,000 tonnes.
  • Over 70% of Australia's white wine grapes were grown in South Australia and New South Wales (21,000 hectares and 20,000 hectares respectively).
  • More detailed information is available in datacubes under the Downloads tab.
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Footnote(s): (a) Data is only available for 2008, 2010 and 2012 seasons.

Source(s): Vineyards, Australia 2011-12