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1329.0.55.001 - Vineyards Estimates, Australia, Preliminary, 2002-03  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/10/2003   
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Preliminary estimates show the total production of grapes decreased by 16% for the 2003 harvest to 1.5 million tonnes, compared with the 2002 harvest. The largest producing state, South Australia, recorded a decrease in production, down by 10% to 626,500 tonnes. The next largest producing states recorded large decreases: Victorian production decreased by 24% to 391,600 tonnes; and New South Wales production decreased by 17% to 374,000 tonnes.

The total area of vines reported increased marginally from the 2002 season, to a record 159,400 hectares in the 2003 season. Increases were reported in South Australia (up 3% to 68,800 hectares) and Western Australia (up marginally to 11,500 hectares) with falls reported in every other state and territory.

Grapes (a), Production

Australia

2003p

2001
2002
2003p
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT

AREA OF VINES AT HARVEST (ha)
Bearing
130,591
143,373
144,369
33,811
34,727
1,986
62,030
10,433
973
345
64
Not yet bearing: planted or grafted prior to collection year
11,081
8,264
8,446
1,709
2,021
155
3,850
550
110
7
46
Not yet bearing: planted or grafted during collection year
6,586
6,958
6,546
1,170
1,831
41
2,941
^ 478
^ 42
-
43
Total area of vines
148,258
158,594
159,362
36,689
38,580
2,181
68,822
11,462
1,125
352
153

GRAPE PRODUCTION (fresh weight) (t)
Total production
1,546,002
1,753,888
1,476,558
374,018
391,570
10,149
626,524
65,903
5,943
2,256
196
Yield (t/ha) (b)
11.8
12.2
10.2
11.1
11.3
5.1
10.1
6.3
6.1
6.5
3.1

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
^ data subject to sampling variability between 10% and 25%

(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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