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8504.0 - Sales of Australian Wine and Brandy by Winemakers, Sep 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/11/2008   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep 2008
Aug 2008 to Sep 2008
Sep 2007 to Sep 2008
'000 L
% change
% change

Trend estimates

Australian produced wine
Domestic wine sales
35 326
-0.6
-0.3
White table wine sales
17 001
-0.5
-1.3
Red and rosé table wine sales
12 715
-1.2
-

Seasonally Adjusted

Australian produced wine
Domestic wine sales
34 289
-0.1
-4.8
White table wine sales
16 493
-
-7.8
Red and rosé table wine sales
12 262
-1.2
-2.6

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)

Australian produced wine, Domestic sales
Graph: Australian produced wine, Domestic sales, Seasonally adjusted and Trend

Australian produced wine, Exports - Original
Graph: Australian produced wine, Exports, Original




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


AUSTRALIAN WINE DOMESTIC SALES

DOMESTIC WINE SALES
  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced wine was 35.3 million litres in September 2008, a decrease of 0.6% from August 2008.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate was 34.3 million litres this month, down 0.1% from August 2008 and a decrease of 4.8% on September last year.


WHITE TABLE WINE
  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced white wine fell by 0.5% to 17.0 million litres this month and was 1.3% lower than the same time last year.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate was 16.5 million litres in September 2008, unchanged from August 2008 and 7.8% lower than September 2007.


RED/ROSÉ TABLE WINE
  • The trend estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced red and rosé wine fell by 1.2% to 12.7 million litres this month.
  • The seasonally adjusted estimate was 12.3 million litres in September 2008, a decrease of 1.2% on August 2008 and 2.6% lower than September 2007.


AUSTRALIAN WINE EXPORTS
  • Exports of Australian produced wine increased by 2.8% this month to 68.9 million litres. The value of the exported wine in September 2008 was $240.0 million. Australia exported 695.9 million litres, with a total value of $2.6 billion in the twelve months ending September 2008. This was a fall of 13.1% in volume and a decrease of 14.0% in value over the corresponding period to September 2007.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2008 4 December 2008
November 2008 9 January 2009
December 2008 6 February 2009
January 2009 6 March 2009
February 2009 6 April 2009
March 2009 8 May 2009



DATA NOTES

There are no notes about the data.


ROUNDING

Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


ANNUAL PRODUCTION AND INVENTORIES UPDATE

Selected estimates are now available from the 2007 - 08 annual wine collection which covers Australian winemakers who crushed 50 tonnes or more of grapes during the year. The first release of grape crush and beverage wine production data for 2007-08 was released on 30 October 2008 in Australian Grape Crush & Wine Production, 2007-08 (ABS cat. no. 1329.0.55.003). A more detailed analysis of the larger wine industry, including inventories will be contained in Australian Wine and Grape Industry (ABS cat. no. 1329.0) which will be released in late November 2008.

For the 2008 vintage there were 382 locations around Australia which crushed 50 tonnes or more of grapes owned by 340 winemaking businesses. There were 1,830,673 tonnes of grapes crushed in 2007-08, an increase of 433,323 tonnes (31.0%) from last year. An estimated 958,103 tonnes of red grapes were crushed in 2007 - 08, while 872,570 tonnes of white grapes were crushed.

There were 1,240 million litres of beverage wine produced by winemakers that crushed more than 50 tonnes of grapes. This beverage wine production figure was 261.6 million litres (26.7%) more than the total for 2006-07.

Red/rosé table wine made up 672.5 million litres (54.2%) of the beverage wine produced in 2007-08. This was an increase of 200.2 million litres (42.4%) on the red/rosé table wine produced in the previous year. White table wine accounted for 552.5 million litres, a rise of 77.8 million litres (16.4%) on 2006-07.

Preliminary results for wine inventories show that at 30 June 2008, there was 1,984.2 million litres of beverage wine held by Australian winemakers crushing 400 or more tonnes of grapes, an increase of 6.3% on the 1,866.8 million litres held at 30 June 2007. This volume of stock held at 30 June 2008 includes 693.7 million litres of white wine and 1,096.0 million litres of red wine.


INQUIRIES

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