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Red Wines Vineyard Area Trends Since 2001

Red Wines Vineyard Area Trends
 Shiraz Vineyards Area Vineyard area of Shiraz grape has remained more or less same since 2006. With beginning of this century, there was initially an increase in the vineyard area till 2009, but a slight decline was registered since then.
 Cabernet Sauvignon- Vineyards Area Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard area has declined slightly since 2001 but this decline is not very significant.
 Malbec Vineyards Area Wide fluctuations seen in the vineyard area under Malbec grape variety. The trend was first of declining, from 2001 to 2008. Thereafter, it increased and, by 2015, all time largest area was under this varietal.
 Pinot Noir Vineyard Area Pinot Noir vineyard area grew marginally from 2001 to 2009 and became more or less consistent from there on.


 Grenache Vineyard Area Grenache red wine grape has seen a consistent decline in the vineyard area since 2001. The decline is the result of shifts in consumer and wine-make preferences.
 Merlot-Vineyards-Area Merlot vineyard area has seen a cycle of increase and then decline, reaching almost the same levels in 2015 from where the journey began in 2001. All in all, drinkers seem to be losing interest in it as a varietal.
 Zinfandel Vineyard area Vineyard area for Zinfandel increased from 2004 to 2010 and declined thereafter till 2015. Data was not available for period 2001-2003.
 Tempranillo Vineyard Area The Tempranillo vineyard area has seen pretty decent increase since 2001. It has grown almost 600% since 2001, and has been more or less consistent since 2012.



Comparative Statistics of Different Wine Varietals in Australia

Grape Varieties Land Area(‘000 hectares) Tonnes Crushed(‘000) Export(mn Litres)
Shiraz 39.89 395.2 206.98
Cab Sauv 24.68 202.7 102.8
Chardonnay 21.44 340.8 162.6
Riesling 3.16 28.8 6.37
Malbec 0.56 3 0.79
Pinot Noir 4.95 43.2 9.58
Pinot Grigio 3.73 61.4 42.32
Grenache 1.51 13 4.33
Semillon 4.57 65.4 10.99
Merlot 8.48 111.5 53.64
Verdelho 1.02 11.5 1.05
Sauv Blanc 6.1 83.5 21.58
Viognier 0.77 7.4 2.03
Zinfandel 0.09 0.3 0.07
Tempranillo 0.74 5.6 0.99
Maesanne 0.16 2 0.26

When Categorised in terms of Red and White wines, the following trends are noticed:

Red Wines

Grape Varieties Land Area(‘000 hectares) Tonnes Crushed(‘000 hectares) Export(mn Litres)
Shiraz 39.89 395.2 206.98
Cab Sauv 24.68 202.7 102.8
Malbec 0.56 3 0.79
Pinot Noir 4.95 43.2 9.58
Grenache 1.51 13 4.33
Merlot 8.48 111.5 53.64
Zinfandel 0.09 0.3 0.07
Tempranillo 0.74 5.6 0.99

White Wines

Grape Varieties Land Area(‘000 hectares) Tonnes Crushed(‘000 hectares) Export(mn Litres)
Chardonnay 21.44 340.8 162.6
Riesling 3.16 28.8 6.37
Pinot Grigio 3.73 61.4 42.32
Semillon 4.57 65.4 10.99
Verdelho 1.02 11.5 1.05
Sauv Blanc 6.1 83.5 21.58
Viognier 0.77 7.4 2.03
Marsanne 0.16 2 0.26

Export and Regional Wine Support Package [ERWSP]- Australia

It is not uncommon for the governments to support the growth of their exports. To that end, these offer a range of supporting benefits- infrastructure, financial, marketing, suitable government policies and likewise. Export and Regional Wine Support Package (ERWSP] is one such initiative wherein the government has allocated $50 million for spending in next 4 years. The aim of this funding is to improve the wine exports and wine tourism initiatives.

The backdrop

At first, let us first try to have an overview of what was the need for this package to be introduced by the Aussie government.

Aussie wine exports were doing fine till 2007 and the wines were being received very well world over. However, there was often a competition between the domestic sales and the export sales. From 2006 onwards, the exports saw a decline from a peak value of $3 billion to $1.8 billion in 2014. This happened due to a number of factors, one of which was the introduction of Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate. WET is a tax levied on wine imports, wine production and wholesale sale of wine. The tax amount is 29% of wholesale value of wines, cellar door sales and wine tastings, and is payable if you are registered for paying GST. When the government introduced the WET rebate for wine producers, up to a maximum of $500000 per financial year, focus shifted away from exports that led to its decline.

This called for reform of WET Rebate and a legislation will come into force from July 2018 for implementing the changes. These changes will restrict eligibility of WET rebate to those producers who have invested in regional Australia. It will be excluding the unbranded and bulk wine producers which are currently covered in the rebate. So, the rebate benefit will be limited to producers having branded wines and this will give further impetus to export of wine.

The $50 million package will be implemented from 2018 to 2020. Within this, there are 4 different programs.

1: Increasing growth in international demand ($32.5 million)- Focus has to be on China and US markets.

2: Developing China-ready businesses ($3 million) by having provision of export grant scheme.

3: Improving Growth in wine regions ($10 million) by competitive and additional grants program.

4: Transforming cider businesses ($0.5 million).

Besides, the package would be used for improving the wine tourism which is a key revenue earner. The details of the plan can be had from these links:

Contribution of Small Winemakers to Aussie Wine Industry


Australia is known for its wines. Though the wine industry established its foothold here later than in Europe, there was no looking back and the industry moved on from strength to strength. Production, consumption and export of wines increased over a period time. Though the Australian wine landscape is dominated by only a few wine varietals, it is noteworthy that the country has many more wine varietals for the wine enthusiasts. There are about 63 identified wine regions and more than 6000 winemakers who give their produce to about 2500 wineries for wine production. Among these winemakers are the ones who give less than 500 tonnes for crushing during a year to the wineries. 2098 such small winemakers were surveyed by Wine Australia, besides having data from a number of other sources to understand how these have contributed to the Aussie wine industry.

Following are the results of its finding:

These small-scale players have an important role to play. They contribute about $1 billion by the sale of their wines. This is about 88 percent of the domestic sales of wines in Australia. Considering these numbers, it is a fact that people like wines from small growers.

The second noteworthy point is that most of their sales come from retailers which accounts for 47 percent of their wine sale. The cellar door sale of wine has seen an increase of 7 percent which means that the people are now flocking more to have wines from them.

Against the common belief that these small grape growers would be selling their produce to other wineries for making wine, it has been reported that almost half of wine-production from their produce occurs in their own wineries. To that extent, it shows increasing trend towards self-sufficiency in wine making process.

So, while the 12 First Families of Wines of Australia dominate the landscape along with the other major players, the role of these small winegrowers no less important. In recognition of this fact, the government has started a range of initiatives for last 5 decades for increasing the production, domestic sale and export of wineries.

An Analysis of National Vintage Report 2017

Wine Australia has brought out the National Vintage Report of 2017 which is reflection on which grape varieties were dominant in terms of tonnage crushed in the year 2017. The report provides both varietal and region based statistics and is a pointer to which varietals are ruling the Aussie wine market.

Let us first have an overall view. Total wine grapes crushed were 1.93 million tonnes which is higher than previous year by 5 percent. This is the third time in a row when the grapes crushed have increased over the previous year. In this 5 percent increase, the cool and temperate regions accounted for about 9 percent whereas the warm regions accounted for a 3 percent high. In terms of wine growing, though most of the regions saw an increase in tonnage crushed, some other regions saw decline as well. The regions where this decline was witnessed were Murray Darling-Swan Hill, Adelaide Hills, Currency Creek, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway, Goulburn Valley, Mount Benson, Robe, Cowra, Swan District and Mudgee.

Now let’s move on to the varietals. The total red wine grapes crushed in 2017 are 12 percent more than those crushed in 2016. The white wine grapes crushed in 2017, on the other hand, saw a decline of about 2 percent.

Out of the total reds crushed, 85 percent share of reds was held by only 3 varietals- Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. There was no change witnessed in Merlot percentage crushed which stood at 12 percent. Shiraz was again the most significant red wine grape to be crushed and it accounted for 47 percent share. Share of Cabernet Sauvignon fell by 1 percent, from 27 to 26.

Among the whites crushed, the most significant was Chardonnay but it saw a decline of about 13 percent in crushed tonnage. The share of Chardonnay among the whites fell from 47 percent to 42 percent. The other two important white varietals were Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio/Gris.

An interesting aspect which emerged in 2017 is that the Muscat Gordo Blanco wine varietal saw an increase of 24 percent from previous year in tonnes crushed which is more than the second-best increase of 15 percent for Shiraz.

National Vintage Report 2017

(source: Wine Australia)

Wine Shopping Online

Online Shopping of Wines- What All to Look Into?

A few common questions that come to mind while buying wines are –

  • Which winery to buy from?
  • What does it taste like?
  • Does it come in my budget?
  • Do I want to buy a single bottle or pack?
  • What deal am I getting?
Wine Shopping Online

Wine Shopping Online

Don’t worry if you also have the same questions. What is needed from your side is a little patience because today there are plenty of e-commerce websites selling wine products. With a little google search, we can get the list of popular wine stores from where the user can choose favorite wines. While on the website or wines portal, one should look into the details to grab the best bargain.

Tasting Notes

You can find tasting notes which tell the look and taste of wine. It also tells the best combination of items with which to drink it.

Cellaring potential

Some wine lovers collect wines for a number of years, allowing these to age. If you are one of these wine lovers, then you need information on the cellaring potential of the wine. This information is also made available by good wine portals.

Easy Searching by Wine Category

Some sites allow searching wines according to different wine classifications, such as

  • Red or white
  • Sparkling or fortified
  • By grape variety such as Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris or others
  • By wine regions like Margaret River, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley etc.

Ratings and awards

Wine Rating and Stars

Ratings and reviews of wines are other information resources which can be read in order to determine whether the wine would suit you or not. This is especially true with every new wine that you would be tasting. Some of these ratings or rewards which wines in Australia have are James Halliday ratings, Medals, Points etc. The wines which are rated high by acclaimed experts naturally find favor with more wine lovers.


Once online to buy wines, never miss to look into the deals sections. One can look for deals when buying in festive seasons or daily, weekly and monthly deals on the website. By using coupon code one can get discounts on the buy. One can also look for reviews by other users which give a clearer picture of the general liking of the wine.

Join Wine Clubs, Subscribe Newsletters

Some online wine shops have wine clubs and by becoming its member one can get discounts on various products. Some websites also have newsletters which inform users on the latest deals.

User can choose from multiple payment options such as PayPal, debit-card, credit-card, cash on delivery and can often enjoy cash back offers through particular mode of payment. One can also get the order earlier than the shipping date by paying little extra. This makes the entire experience of buying wines simple and cost-effective and enjoyable.


Verdelho Wine Brands Australia

Famous Verdelho Wines Brands of Australia

Verdelho wine grapes are grown in two regions in Australia- Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Margaret River Valley region in Western Australia. The former is home to many noted wineries producing Verdelho wines in Australia.

Verdelho Wine Brands Australia

Verdelho Wine Brands Australia

Some of the popular Verdelho wineries and their respective regions are given in table below:

Famous Wine Brands Wine Region
Rivendell Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
Cockfighters Ghost Hunter Valley, NSW
Island Brooke Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
Jarvis Estate Margaret River Valley, WAS
Krinklewood Hunter Valley, NSW
Tyrrell’s Old Winery Hunter Valley, NSW
Split Rock Reserve Hunter Valley, NSW
Kingsley Grove Hunter Valley, NSW
First Creek Hunter Valley, NSW
Allandale Hunter Valley, NSW
Peel Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
De Bortoli Hunter Valley, NSW
Catherine Vale Hunter Valley, NSW
Pinelli Estate Swan Valley
Bird Dog Granite Belt
Table Talk Late Harvest Margaret Valley, WA
Sandalford Estate Margaret Valley, WA
Sandalyn Wilderness Estate Hunter Valley, NSW
James Estate Hunter Valley, NSW
Moonrise Estate Granite Belt, Queensland
Ashbrooke Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
Margan the Originals Hunter Valley, NSW
Kalari Semi Cowra, NSW
Dunsborough Hills Margaret River Valley, NSW
Three Ponds Hunter Valley, NSW