China’s shout for Oz wine

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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