Domestic sales of Australian wine fell 8% in March, according to government figures.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said today (8 May) that sales of white wine fell 6.9% on the previous month. Red wine sales plunged 12%, according to seasonally adjusted figures.

Total domestic sales were down 8% to 34.8m litres compared to February and were off 4.7% on the same period last year.

The export front, however, seems rosier for Australian wine. Exports of Australian wine increased 16.1% to 60.5m litres in March.

In the year to the end of March, Australia shipped 705.1m litres with a value of A$2.8bn (US$2.2bn), an increase of 8% in volume and 1.3% in value over the corresponding period to March 2005.