Australian wines experienced a good month in May with 38.7m litres of Australian-produced wine sold domestically by winemakers in the month in original terms, an increase of 8.0% on April 2005 and 14.2% on May 2004.

Exports of Australian produced wine decreased 6.5% on April 2005 to 57.7m litres in May 2005, but this was an increase of 1.5% on May 2004.

In May 2005, 20.4m litres of Australian produced white table wine were exported, a decrease of 0.4% on April 2005, but an increase of 7.7% on May 2004.

Australia exported 36.4m litres of Australian produced red and rosé table wine in May 2005, a decrease of 9.2% on April 2005 and 1.2% on May 2004.

Over the 12 months to May 2005, Australia exported 665.2m litres with a value of A$2.7 billion, an increase of 14.8% in volume and 10.4% in value over the corresponding period to May 2004.

In original terms, 1.5mi litres of wine, valued at A$12.2m were imported in May 2005, an increase of 10.8% in quantity, but a decrease of 8.3% in value on April 2005.

The average value of wine imports cleared for home consumption in May 2005 was A$8.30 per litre, down from A$9.22 per litre in May 2004.