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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Good news, bad news for Aussie winemakers

Australian winemakers set new export records for volume and value during the 12-month period ending April 30. According to the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, the United States overtook Great Britain in terms of export value by buying more than $960 million AUS of wine. Great Britain takes 35% of Australia's wine exports, making it the largest consumer by volume.

However, the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics reports that wine grape production in the country has fallen by a third in the past year. A combination of low rainfall, lower water allocations and severe frost in South Australia caused production of red wine grapes to fall by 40 percent from the previous season and white wine grape production to decline by nearly 30 percent.
M. Zane Grey, 1:48 PM