Viticulture

Wine brings cheer

By Country News

Australian wine export values and volumes have reached all-time record levels with the value of wine exports up 20 per cent to $2.76billion and export volumes up 10 per cent to 852million litres.

Agriculture and Water Resources Assistant Minister Anne Ruston welcomed the growth in the Wine Australia Export Report, released on July 24.

‘‘Wine regions across Australia are benefiting from growing export opportunities,’’ Ms Ruston said.

‘‘They are a win for the wine industry and a win for regional Australia. The Turnbull Government continues to back business to invest and create more jobs.’’

Senator Ruston said it was the highest rate of growth in the value of wine exports in 15 years.

‘‘The fact that both value and volumes of wine exports are at record levels, with values growing at twice the rate of volumes, shows that our international customers value our quality wines,’’ she said.

‘‘From grape growers to winemakers, there has never been so much support from an Australian government with the Coalition’s $50million Export and Regional Wine Support Package really starting to pay dividends.

‘‘Australia’s free trade agreements are also opening up new market opportunities for our world-famous wines.

‘‘The market in China is continuing to expand with the value of wine exports up 55 per cent to $1.12billion and volume up 47 per cent in the year to June, 2018.’’

■For more detail about Wine Australia’s export report, visit: www.wineaustralia.com