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Here you will find various facts & figures related to the Australian wine industry.  Choose your area of interest below:

Sales & Consumption Winemakers Federation
Wine Production Wine Export Sales
Other Wine Figures

SALES & CONSUMPTION

Domestic sales of Australian-produced wine reached a record 370 million litres in the 12 months to December 1999.

Table wines made up 81 per cent of consumption of local wines, with sparkling wines accounting for nine per cent and fortified wines seven per cent.

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WINEMAKERS FEDERATION

The Winemakers Federation of Australia is the industry body representing the interests of Australia's winemakers. The Australian Wine Foundation is an industry-sponsored organisation promoting moderate wine consumption and research into wine and health.

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WINE PRODUCTION

Wine-grape growing and wine making are carried out in each of the six States and two mainland Territories of Australia.

The principal wine production areas are located in the south-east quarter of the Australian continent, in the states of New South Wales (NSW), central and northern Victoria and South Australia.

Wine is produced in 50 regions, including areas such as Mudgee, Cowra, Young, the Murrumbidgee and Murray River valleys in NSW; the Southern Vales, Clare Valley and Riverland in South Australia; southern and central Victoria; Margaret River in Western Australia, as well as areas in Tasmania, Queensland and near Australia's national capital Canberra.

In 1997 Chardonnay was the most-produced grape variety, followed by Shiraz. Other premium white varieties apart from Chardonnay included Semillon, Rhine Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

Main red wine grape varieties other than Shiraz were Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache and Pinot Noir.

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WINE EXPORT SALES

Annual export sales of Australian wine jumped from $174 million in 1991 to $1 billion in 1999 and Australia now has 17 per cent of the competitive UK wine market, 28 per cent of the Irish market and 32 per cent of the New Zealand market.

The principal export destinations of Australian wines were the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Germany.

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OTHER WINE FIGURES

During the 1999 season, the Australian wine industry crushed 1 076 207 tonnes of wine grapes to make 811 389 million litres of beverage wine.

Stocks of Australian-produced wine held by winemakers rose to 1.090 million litres.

The area under vines includes table and dried grapes reached 123 000 hectares and for the first time red grape varieties overtook white varieties in the area covered.

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