Win­ery num­bers fall, grape and wine sales rise

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

THE lat­est an­nual Aus­tralian and New Zealand Wine In­dus­try Direc­tory ( WID) re­veals pos­i­tive signs of in­dus­try re­cov­ery de­spite winer­ies con­tin­u­ing to exit the in­dus­try.

The 35th edi­tion, pub­lished by Wineti­tles Me­dia, shows a fur­ther de­cline in the num­ber of Aus­tralian winer­ies to 2394 in 2016 from 2468 in 2015.

The WID data also shows wine ex­ports in­creased in 2016, ris­ing by 11.4 per cent to al­most $2.11 bil­lion, again led in vol­ume of wine pro­duced by Ac­co­lade Wines.

Trea­sury Wine Es­tates re­mains top of the list for the value of wine ex­ports.

To­tal rev­enues of the top 20 wine pro­duc­ers in­creased by nine per cent, or $345 mil­lion, to an es­ti­mated $4066 mil­lion in the year to June.

Growth in rev­enues was con­cen­trated among the top five – Trea­sury Wine Es­tates, Pernod Ri­card, Wine­mak­ers, Ac­co­lade Wines, Casella Wines and Aus­tralian Vin­tage, al­though 95 per cent of the top 20 re­ported an in­crease in sales.

The top five ranked com­pa­nies of branded wine by vol­ume re­main un­changed from 2016.

Fur­ther de­tails on Aus­tralia’s Top 20 ranked wine pro­ducer’s was pub­lished in The Top 20 Aus­tralian Wine Com­pa­nies re­port in the April 2017 is­sue of Aus­tralian and New Zealand Grape­grower and Wine­maker, also pub­lished by Wineti­tles Me­dia.

Other in­dus­try sources re­veal growth in grape prices and wine sales.

The Wine­mak­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia (WFA) cal­cu­lated an av­er­age grape price per tonne pur­chased was $529, up 14 per cent from $463 in 2015.

This fig­ure is the high­est since 2009 and above the av­er­age price for the past five years of $477 per tonne.

El­iz­a­beth Bouzoudis, managing edi­tor said that there are def­i­nite signs of an in­dus­try re­cov­ery.

“With prices, pro­duc­tion and ex­ports in­creas­ing two years in a row, the in­dus­try is show­ing pos­i­tive trends,” she said.

“While there was con­sol­ida- tion of win­ery num­bers and grape pro­duc­ers, free trade agree­ments with China, Ja­pan and South Korea are con­tribut­ing fac­tors in in­crease ex­port sales.

“With the price growth per tonne for grapes record­ing above-av­er­age gains for the pop­u­lar va­ri­eties, this may lead to a fur­ther shift of plant­ings away from the less pop­u­lar va­ri­eties that un­der-per­formed the av­er­age.”

The 602 page 2017 Direc­tory in­cludes a com­pre­hen­sive list­ing of wine pro­duc­ers, grape grow­ers, sup­pli­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, re­tail­ers, uni­ver­si­ties, re­search and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, writ­ers, wine pub­li­ca­tions, wine blogs, or­gan­i­sa­tions, events and wine shows and in­dus­try per­son­nel – up­dated an­nu­ally.

RED GOLD: There have been above-av­er­age price gains for the pop­u­lar va­ri­eties of grapes.

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