Domestic and export sales of Australian wine were up in August this year.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for domestic sales of Australian produced wine was 37.4m litres in August 2004, the highest level ever recorded. This was an increase of 9.2% on July 2004.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for domestic sales of white table wine increased 7.7% on July 2004 while red and rosé table wine increased 13.1% on July 2004.

In original terms, 37.1m litres of Australian produced wine was sold domestically by winemakers in August 2004, an increase of 1.1% on July 2004, and 10.5% on August 2003.

Exports of Australian produced wine were 60.2m litres in August 2004, the highest level on record. This was an increase of 18.3% on July 2004.

Australia exported 595.9m litres with a value of A$2.5 billion in the 12 months ending August 2004, an increase of 10.5% in volume and 1.8% in value over the corresponding period to August 2003.