More sales for smaller profits has now become the established pattern for Australian wine producers. Latest figures from the Wine and Brandy Corporation, kept as a moving annual total, show sales of 657.4m litres worth A$2.75bn for the year to 31 May.

On the same basis, volume was up by 14.4% year-on-year, while value rose by only 8.8%. The price per litre was actually down by 4.9% to A$4.18.

Central export features include bottled red as a product and the UK and US as markets.