Imports

Wine imports to Australia increased in volume in the financial year ending 2018, up by 14% to 104.8ML (Table 8, page 6). The import value also experienced an increase of 21% to $887 million. The average value per litre rose by 6% from $7.95 to $8.46 per litre (Table 9, page 6).

New Zealand held its position as the leading source of Australia’s wine imports, resulting in a 6% increase in 2017-18 to a total of $363 million however it now represents less than half of all Australian imports value, in contrast to the previous year (Table 9). On the other hand, French imports gained considerable ground from the previous year to increase by 27% to $351 million. This increase is in line with the upward trend experienced prior to the 2016-17 year (Table 9).

The import value from Italy also rose considerably by 38% to a value of $94 million when compared to 2016-17. Spain experienced a similar increase of 38% translating to $21 million in sales to Australians in 2017-18. Imports from Germany decreased by 1% indicating a loss of $7 million, however Australia increased its import of wines from the US by 59% in 2017-18, translating to $6 million. In 2017-18, bulk sparkling wine from foreign countries experienced a massive increase of 41% (Table 8, page 6). A similar increase was observed for red bottled wine, up 39% from the previous year (Table 8).

Wine imports by type (ML).

2013–14

2014–15

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

Change %

Bottled wine

Red

14.9

16.2

17.6

16.2

22.5

39%

White

41.2

39.4

36.9

35.6

40.4

14%

Sparkling

7.9

7.9

8.6

8.5

9.4

10%

Other

1.6

1.8

1.7

1.9

2.3

21%

Bulk Wine

Still

12.6

21.0

17.7

24.4

22.3

-9%

Sparkling

4.0

5.0

5.2

5.6

7.9

41%

Must

0.0

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.0

-54%

Total

82.2

91.2

87.9

92.3

104.8

14%

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

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