Last year in Australia a whopping 1,706,734 tomes of grapes were crushed across our wine regions. South Australia leads the way with the amount of grapes crushed followed by New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the ACT.
And the winner is Shiraz!
Our old favourite Shiraz is the variety crushed the most in Australia, with over 390,000 tonnes crushed in 2015! Chardonnay is the most crushed white wine with over 375,000 tonnes.
The love affair with Mediterranean varieties goes on…
The amount of grapes crushed of exciting Mediterranean varieties like Nero d’Avola, Barbera and Sangiovese all increased by over fifty percent on the 2014 figures, reflecting the increasing popularity of these varieties of wine lovers in Australia and around the world!
What about this year’s vintage in Australia?
So what about this year? Refreshing rains in January in many key wine regions appear to have bolstered this year’s vintage. Can you guess how many tonnes will be harvested this year?
Victoria back on top!
So while they may be in third place on the grapes crushed list, Victorians will be happy to know that they are home to the most wineries in the country with 747, closely followed by South Australia on 706. The Northern Territory is the only state or territory in Australia that doesn't currently have any vineyards or wineries.