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1329.0.55.001 - Vineyards Estimates, Australia, Preliminary, 2003-04  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/10/2004   
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Preliminary estimates show the total production of grapes increased by 34% for the 2004 harvest to a record 2.0 million tonnes. This compares with the 2003 harvest of 1.5 million tonnes. The largest producing state, South Australia, recorded an increase in production of 44% to 889,000 tonnes. The next largest producing states also recorded significant increases: Victorian production increased by 33% to 540,000 tonnes; and New South Wales production increased by 19% to 460,000 tonnes.

The total area of vines reported increased by 5% to a record 166,000 hectares in the 2004 season. This compares with the 2003 estimate of 157,000 hectares. Increases were reported in all the major growing states.

GRAPES(a), Production

Australia

2004p

2002
2003
2004p
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT

AREA OF VINES AT HARVEST (ha)

Bearing
143,373
142,793
152,304
35,417
36,191
2,269
65,176
11,771
1,073
325
82
Not yet bearing: planted or grafted prior to collection year
8,264
8,412
7,631
1,748
1,872
109
3,218
545
120
-
21
Not yet bearing: planted or grafted during collection year
6,958
6,288
6,071
1,363
1,969
128
2,140
402
69
-
-
Total area of vines
158,594
157,492
166,006
38,527
40,032
2,505
70,533
12,718
1,262
325
103

GRAPE PRODUCTION (fresh weight) (t)

Total production
1,753,888
1,496,939
2,009,291
460,141
540,411
13,162
888,845
95,999
7,657
2,512
563
Yield (t/ha)(b)
12.2
10.5
13.2
13.0
14.9
5.8
13.6
8.2
7.1
7.7
6.9

p preliminary data
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

(a) Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Varietal information will be available in Australian Wine and Grape Industry (cat. no. 1329.0) due for release in January 2004.
(b) Yield represents the quantity of grapes produced per hectare of bearing vines.

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