1 This publication presents final estimates from the ABS collections: Inventories of Australian Wine and Brandy, 2010-11, Wine and Spirit Production, 2010-11 (Annual Wine Survey), Sales of Australian Wine by Winemakers and the 2011 Agricultural Census (Preliminary). Not all data from these collections are published here. Some further data are available for a charge, on application to the ABS.
2 This publication is a summary of statistics on grape and wine production and related activities collected by the ABS and from other sources. Some of the data used in this publication were obtained from various ABS collections for which publications with appropriate Explanatory Notes are already available. The bibliography contains a list of these publications.
3 Differences exist between the grape production intended for winemaking reported by grape growers in the viticulture collection and the quantity of fresh grapes crushed by winemakers reported in the Wine and Spirit Production Collection. Differences in the collection methodologies, as outlined below, mean some difference should always be apparent between the series.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE OF AGRICULTURE CENSUS
4 Agricultural Census statistics relate to the year in which the harvest occur.
5 Units were selected in the Agriculture Census if they were recorded as an agricultural business on the ABS Business Register (ABSBR). For more information please refer to Topics @ a Glance - Agriculture.
SCOPE AND COVERAGE OF WINE SURVEYS
6 Wineries who crush 50 tonnes or more of grapes are included in the Wine and Spirit Production collection. Wine production data are collected from wine making businesses on a winery (location) basis to allow for state and regional data output. The grapes crushed by these wineries includes grapes owned by others and crushed on a commission or contract basis, often for wine producers who do not have their own crushing facilities.
7 Table 4 of the publication presents wine production data from businesses who crush more than 50 tonnes on a ownership basis rather than as individual wineries or locations. Tables 2,3,5,6 and 7 are on a location or winery basis.
8 Wine making businesses who crush more than 400 tonnes of grapes are included in the Inventories of Australian Wine and Brandy collection. These details on inventories of Australian beverage wine by wine type are collected at 30 June.
9 Winemakers with sales of 250,000 litres or more in either of the previous two years are included in the Sales of Australian Wine by Winemakers collection. All sales data are collected on an Australia-wide basis only and state figures are therefore not available.
10 Wine surveys are intended to identify and collect as much relevant activity as possible. The coverage limitations described in paragraphs 6 to 9 result in the exclusion of a small amount of activity relating to wineries believed to fall below the coverage limitations when surveyed. The total amount of activity excluded is believed to be between 2% and 5%.
11 All inventories data are collected on an Australia-wide basis only and state figures are therefore not available. Inventories data collected from 1996 include all Australian-produced wines owned by these winemakers and held anywhere in Australia. In years previous to 1996, inventories included only those Australian-produced wines held by winemakers on any of their own premises, regardless of ownership. This change in the measurement of inventories means that data for 1996 and later are not directly comparable with earlier years.
12 It is possible that inventories data may vary slightly each year as new wineries, with either large or small inventories, come into the scope of the collection. In particular, the published (i.e. closing) inventories figures for any one year may not equate with the opening inventories for the following year.
13 The wine content of products consisting of a mixture of wine and fruit juice, commonly known as ‘coolers’, is included in the appropriate wine category of the wine from which it is made, which is generally table wine.
14 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated: without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
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