Australian wine exports post value rise despite US drop

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Demand for premium wine last year pushed the average value of Australia's bottled wine exports to its highest level for a decade, new figures have shown.

Wine exports to the US fell

Wine exports to the US fell

Average value jumped by 7% to AUD4.85 (US$3.97) in 2014, according to an export report from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA), released today. The growth helped Australia's total wine exports, including bulk wine, to rise in value for the first time since 2007, by 1.9% to AUD1.82bn.

“It’s encouraging to see the value of Australian wine exports in positive growth and increasing demand for our premium wines was a major contributing factor to that growth,” said AGWA’s acting chief executive, Andreas Clark.

Total Australian wine export volumes also increased, by 1.9% to 700m litres.

The performance came despite declines in the US that AGWA blamed on record harvests in the country. Total Australian wine exports to the US fell by 9% to 164m litres valued at AUD423m. The decline was mostly seen in the lower price segments, the body said.

Bulk wine exports to the US dropped by 9% to 54m litres and bottled wine exports under AUD2.50 per litre declined by 79% to 3.1m litres.

Overall, Clark said global volumes in the AUD7.50-9.99 price segment increased by 5% to 15m litres and by 15% in the AUD10 and above segment to 17m litres.

The above AUD50 segment grew 55%, hitting a record AUD107m. The segment accounts for 0.8% of total volumes, but contributes 8% of the total value of bottled exports, Clark said.

Bulk wine export volumes increased by 8% to 402m litres.

Trade fair organisers Vinexpo yesterday said that China is expected to regain top spot as the biggest consumer of red wine over the next five years. France had taken China's position because of anti-extravagance measures in the country.

Sectors: Wine

Companies: Vinexpo

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