The chief executive of the Winemakers Federation of Australia has welcomed the striking of a free-trade deal between his country and the US, claiming that it will bring "long term benefits" in a key market.

Stephen Strachan was not concerned that while USA alcohol producers will gain immediate duty free access to the Australian market (including spirits) once the deal is ratified, his exporters will see US tariffs phased out over 11 years.

"We can produce wine in sufficient quality to ensure that we can compete on our own feet," he said, noting that the "parochial" home market was 95% dominated by Australian wines.