4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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WINE

In 2016-17, wine contributed 71.2 million litres of pure alcohol, up slightly from 70.9 million litres in 2015-16. In per capita terms, there were 3.6 litres consumed per person in 2016-17, down from 3.8 litres in 2011-12 as per capita consumption of wine declined by 1.0% per year on average over the five year period.

The share of pure alcohol in wine by wine type has been relatively stable in recent years, in 2016-17 white wine accounted for 48.2% of all pure alcohol in wine, while red wine made up 37.7% and other wines 14.1%.

TABLE 4: WINE, Pure alcohol available for consumption

Year ended 30 June
White table wine
Red table wine
Other wines(a)
Total

VOLUME OF PURE ALCOHOL ('000 litres)

2012
33 496
25 322
10 226
69 044
2013
32 446
25 921
10 352
68 719
2014
2015(b)
2016(b)
2017(b)
32 868
33 635
34 404
34 310
25 541
25 877
26 677
26 818
10 481
10 706
9 781
10 033
68 890
70 219
70 862
71 161

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION OF PURE ALCOHOL(c) (litres)

2012
1.83
1.39
0.56
3.78
2013
1.74
1.39
0.56
3.69
2014
2015(b)
2016(b)
2017(b)
1.74
1.75
1.77
1.73
1.35
1.35
1.37
1.36
0.55
0.56
0.50
0.51
3.64
3.66
3.64
3.60

(a) Other wines are comprised of fortified, sparkling and carbonated wines, vermouth and other wine not elsewhere included.
(b) A number of changes in methodology have occurred from 2013-14 to 2016-17, therefore, comparisons between these years should be interpreted with caution. See paragraphs 18 to 25 of the Explanatory Notes for details.
(c) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.

The volume of wine available for consumption was 561 million litres in 2016-17, this was the largest ever recoded volume, with the second highest being 2015-16 (559 million litres). In per capita terms, this was 28.4 litres, equivalent to just under 38 standard 750 ml bottles per year or around almost 5.5 glasses (standard drinks) per week for each person aged 15 years and over.
TABLE 5: WINE, Volume available for consumption

Year ended 30 June
White table wine
Red table wine
Other wines(a)
Total

VOLUME ('000 litres)

2012
2013
2014
2015(b)
2016(b)
2017(b)
274 558
265 950
269 410
275 695
281 998
281 232
188 969
193 443
190 607
193 115
199 085
200 134
80 159
81 728
83 331
85 471
77 794
79 758
543 686
541 121

543 348
554 281

558 878
561 123

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION(c) (litres)

2012
2013
2014
15.03
14.30
14.25
10.35
10.40
10.08
4.39
4.39
4.41
29.77
29.09
28.73
2015(b)
14.36
10.06
4.45
28.87
2016(b)
2017(b)
14.47
14.21
10.22
10.11
3.99
4.03
28.68
28.36

(a) Other wines are comprised of fortified, sparkling and carbonated wines, vermouth and other wine not elsewhere included.
(b) A number of changes in methodology have occurred from 2013-14 to 2016-17, therefore, comparisons between these years should be interpreted with caution. See paragraphs 18 to 25 of the Explanatory Notes for details.
(c) Litres per person aged 15 years and over.