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1329.0.55.003 - Australian Grape Crush & Wine Production, 2007-08  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/10/2008   
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THIS ISSUE

This issue contains the first release of grape crush and beverage wine production data for 2007-08. A more detailed analysis of wine industry production, sales and stocks will be contained in Australian Wine and Grape Industry (ABS cat. no. 1329.0) which will be released in late November 2008.

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


INTRODUCTION

There were 1,830,673 tonnes of grapes crushed in 2007-08, an increase of 433,323 tonnes (31.0%) on the previous year. Beverage wine production also showed an increase, rising 26.7% to 1,240.0 million litres.


WINEMAKING LOCATIONS AND GRAPES CRUSHED

For the 2008 vintage there were 382 wineries 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.

South Australia had 31.4% of all the grape crushing facilities in Australia. These wineries in South Australia accounted for 45.3% of the national wine grape crush. New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) had 23.0% of the total number of wineries with 34.4% of the total wine crush, followed by Victoria (22.5% of all wineries and 16.3% of all grapes crushed) and Western Australia (18.3% of wineries and 3.4% of the grape crush).

The 340 winemaking businesses, in terms of crush capacity, are diverse in size. There were 173 businesses that each crushed from 50 to 400 tonnes of grapes, producing a combined crush of 33,048 tonnes. Of these smaller businesses, the 36 smallest winemakers accounted for only 0.1% of all grapes crushed and averaged 73 tonnes each. The 167 winemaking businesses that each crushed more than 400 tonnes of grapes crushed a total of 1,797,625 tonnes (98.2% of the national total) of grapes. There were 14 winemakers that crushed more than 20,000 tonnes each, accounting for a total of 1,290,478 tonnes of grapes or 70.5% of the total crush.

SIZE OF GRAPE CRUSH AND NUMBER OF WINERIES - 2007-08

NSW/ACT
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
Aust.

Grapes crushed (000 t)
630.7
299.0
2.2
828.6
62.4
7.8
1 830.7
Proportion (%)
34.4
16.3
0.1
45.3
3.4
0.4
100.0
Wineries crushing
50-400 t (no.)
50
44
7
33
40
4
178
More than 400 t (no.)
38
42
1
87
30
6
204
Total wineries (no.)
88
86
8
120
70
10
382
Proportion of total wineries (%)
23.0
22.5
2.1
31.4
18.3
2.6
100.0

Source: Wine Statistics Survey, 2007-08; Wine and Spirit Production Survey, 2007-08.



BEVERAGE WINE PRODUCTION

There were an estimated 1,240,038 million litres of beverage wine produced by winemakers that crushed more than 50 tonnes of grapes. Approximately 20 million litres were indirectly estimated for winemakers crushing between 50 and 400 tonnes. This beverage wine production figure was 261.6 million litres (26.7%) more than the total for 2006-07.

Red/rosť table wine made up 672.5 million litres (54.2%) of the estimated beverage wine produced in 2007-08. This was an increase of 200.2 million litres (42.4%) on the red/rosť 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.

WINEMAKERS, Size of production - 2007-08

Grapes crushed
Table wine
Winemakers
Red
White
Total
Red/rosť
White
Total beverage wine
Size (tonnes crushed)
no.
t
t
t
'000 L
'000 L
'000 L

50-99
36
1 459
1 169
2 628
na
na
na
100-149
34
2 396
1 777
4 173
na
na
na
150-199
28
2 762
2 100
4 862
na
na
na
200-400
75
13 177
8 208
21 385
na
na
na
401-1,000
58
23 395
15 362
38 756
13 541
8 834
22 584
1,001-3,000
50
42 481
40 651
83 132
26 147
26 191
52 551
3,001-5,000
13
26 277
25 551
51 828
17 060
13 741
31 950
5,001-10,000
18
71 772
54 705
126 477
56 501
36 722
93 830
10,001-20,000
14
107 580
99 374
206 954
76 086
50 301
127 010
20,001 or more
14
666 804
623 674
1 290 478
470 981
408 755
891 740
Total
340
958 103
872 570
1 830 673
(a)672 506
(b)552 468
(c)1 240 038

na not available
(a) Total red/rosť table wine includes production from those winemakers crushing between 50 and 400 tonnes. This is estimated to be 12.2 million litres. †
(b) Total white table wine includes production from those winemakers crushing between 50 and 400 tonnes. This is estimated to be 7.9 million litres.
(c) Total beverage wine includes production from those winemakers crushing between 50 and 400 tonnes. This is estimated to be 20.4 million litres. This beverage wine production also includes the production of fortified wine.
Source: Wine Statistics Survey, 2007-08; Wine and Spirit Production Survey, 2007-08.



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