2016 vintage – An update…

Published by Mark Pollard - 27th Jul 2016

Hey everyone,
Just came across some of the interesting statistics from the 2016 Vintage and thought you may be interested to hear a few of them. They point to some relief for grape growers, in better pricing, but also just some interesting stats on what Australia grows most and where.

The average price paid for grapes grew 14% to $526 per tonne, this is the highest it has been since 2009.

Premium fruit, that over $1500 per tonne, grew 7% of the total crush. This was off the back of growth in Cabernet (17%) and Shiraz (14%).

There was a small growth in total crush up 6% to 1.81m tonnes of fruit, with the biggest growth in three regions, Langhorne Creek, up 57%, Tasmania up 9% and Margaret River up 9%.

Of the total crush South Australia makes up 51% of the that, but that doesn’t include Murray Darling / Swan Hill, which is considered its own region, making up 23%. NSW is next, a fair way behind on 19% and then Victoria at 4%. Surprisingly WA only makes up about 2%, Tasmania at 0.6% and QLD a tiny 0.1%.

In terms of varieties, the top Red varieties were:
Shiraz, then Cabernet, then Merlot and Pinot. Cabernet had the biggest growth, 20% and Pinot Noir wasn’t far behind with 9% growth.

The top White varieties were:
Chardonnay, then Sauvignon Blanc, then Pinot Gris/Grigio and Semillon. The biggest growth was with Sauvignon Blanc, 11% with Chardonnay and Semillon up 6%.

Interestingly the top varieties in order are:
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Grigio / Gris
Pinot Noir

I love my numbers, hope you found it interesting too!