China’s shout for Oz wine
CHINA’S thirst for Australian wine continues to grow at a faster rate than anywhere in the world.
Industry group Wine Australia says China remains the top destination for Australian wine, with exports growing 44 per cent to $ 607 million in 2016- 17. It drove a 10 per cent rise in total Australian wine exports in the financial year to $ 2.3 billion, or 778 million litres.
The United States remains the second largest consumer of Australian wines, with exports there rising 3 per cent to $ 464 million.
Shiraz is Australia’s largest export, followed by cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.
Wine Australia chief Andreas Clark said the wine culture in China was still evolving, and consumers were enjoying the discovery of wine.