Winery numbers fall, grape and wine sales rise
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.