In 2019-20, Australia imported 102ML of wine into the country, a rise of 2% compared to the financial year ending 2019 (see Table 10). The value of wine imports dropped by 2% to $834 million. The increased volume and decreased value resulted in the average value per litre contracting by 4% to $8.16 per litre in 2020 (see Table 11).
The volume of bottled wine imported declined by 5% to approximately 65ML in 2019-20 (see Table 10). Although bottled whites remained the largest category of wine imported into Australia, totalling 32ML, the volume of bottled white wine imports experienced a sharp fall of 13% during the fiscal year (see Table 10).
The volume of bulk wine imported rose by 17% to a record high of 37ML. Bulk still wine represented 76% of all bulk wine imports with 28ML in total (Table 10). This is an increase of 24% from the previous year.
France remained the primary source of imported wine in Australia in 2019-20, comprising 41% of the total market value at $350 million. There have been increasing signs that French wines remain popular in Australia and in 2019-20 these surpassed Australian consumers’ preference for imports from New Zealand, as they did in the previous year (2018-19). Imported wine from New Zealand shrunk by another 7% in 2019-20 to $315 million, a record low not seen since 2014 (see Table 11).
Other notable increases in imports were from the United States and Germany. Both countries experienced a 27% increase to both reach a value of $8 million (see Table 11). Wine imported from Italy remained strong with an increase of 6% for a total $104 million. The value of imported wine from Chile dropped by huge 61% in 2019-20, albeit off a small base, to stand at $2 million (see Table 11). The value of re-imports from Australia also declined by 20% with a value of $4 million.
Table 10. Wine imports by type (‘000 litres) by year
|Sparkling (bottle fermented)||7,856||8,619||8,540||8,605||8,290||8,662||4%|
|Sparkling (bulk fermented)||4,962||5,180||5,614||7,054||8,726||8,640||-1%|
*Includes brandy, fortified and carbonated wine
Source: ABS imports data from Global Trade Atlas analysis by Wine Australia