Australian wine gets Chinese boost
Stronger demand for premium Australian wine in China has contributed to a 10 percent increase in Australia’s overall wine export value, according to Wine Australia’s export report released on Wednesday. China maintained its position as the No 1 export value destination for Australian wine in 2016-17, after export value to China grew by 44 percent to be worth A$607 million ($482 million). The total value of exports grew by A$201 million to A$2.3 billion. While the export value of wine to the United Kingdom fell, the report said the UK remained the No 1 destination for Australian wine exports by volume, indicating that UK consumers prefer cheaper Australian wines, while Chinese tastes are a little more expensive.