Wine tourism in Australia has become a A$4.6bn (US$3.63bn) industry attracting 4.8m domestic and international visitors a year, according to a new report.

A Profile of Wine Visitors in Australia 2003 was published by Tourism Research Australia.

Domestic visitors spent A$2.5bn and foreign travellers A$2.1bn.

Some 78% of wineries now have cellar door tasting and buying outlets.

Federal Tourism Minister Fran Bailey said wine tourism provided a strong boost to regional Australia.