Imports

Wine imports into Australia increased in volume for the financial year ending 2019, up by 4% to 100.2ML (Table 13). The import value also experienced an increase of 5%, or $850 million. The average value per litre held steady with a slight increase of 1% from $8.41 to $8.49 per litre (Table 14).

France has overtaken New Zealand as the leading source of Australia’s wine imports, with a 10% increase in the past year to a total of $351 million, capturing 40% of the value of all imported wine (Table 14). New Zealand is now the second largest supplier of imported wine into in Australia, with an increase of 2%, from $331 million in 2018 to $340 million in 2019 (Table 14).

Other notable increases were wines imported from USA which grew by 21% to reach a value of $7 million, while imports from Portugal rose by 27% to the value of $6 million. The value of imported wine from Italy also increased considerably, by 16%, to a total value of $98 million. Spain’s imports held at $19 million in sales to Australian consumers in 2019. For the second consecutive year, there was a negligible 1% decrease in imports from Germany, indicating a value decline of $6 million. The total value of imported Argentinean wines also decreased, by 10% to $6 million. In 2019, imported bulk sparkling wine experienced another substantial increase, up 24%. A similar increase was observed for imported red bottled wine, up 7% from the previous year (Table 13).

Table 13. Wine imports by type (‘000 litres) by year

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 “% Change 2018-19”
Bottled wine
White 39,390 36,918 35,583 37,514 36,454 -3%
Red 16,161 17,641 16,186 20,347 21,688 7%
Sparkling (bottle fermented) 7,856 8,618 8,540 8,605 8,290 -4%
Bottled other* 1,728 1,710 1,867 2,038 2,476 21%
Bulk wine
Still wine 21,020 17,713 24,422 20,699 22,489 9%
Sparkling (bulk fermented) 4,962 5,180 5,614 7,054 8,726 24%
Must 71 60 62 27 28 2%
Bulk other 40 34 8 4 1 -73%
Grand Total 91,227 87,874 92,282 96,287 100,153 4%
*Includes brandy, fortified and carbonated wine

Source: ABS imports data from Global Trade Atlas analysis by Wine Australia

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