​​​​​​​Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, January 2018

These fact sheets provide current information about how the Australian Government is supporting the agriculture, fisheries and water sectors, and are available for download.


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Australia is consistently among the top 10 wine-producing countries in the world and is one of the few countries that produces every major wine variety.

Two-thirds of Australian wine is exported, valued at $2.4 billion per year. The wine industry contributes $40 billion to our economy and employs 170,000 people.

The average Australian consumes 23.3 litres of wine a year, of which 19.6 litres is produced in Australia.

Building a stronger wine industry

The Australian Government is driving a more profitable, resilient and sustainable wine sector by:

  • providing a $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package to help drive demand for Australia’s wine exports
  • investing dollar-for-dollar matching funds of $13.1 million in 2016–17, alongside funds already invested by the sector through levies—for R&D to advance the wine sector
  • providing funding through the Rural R&D for Profit program for a range of projects to improve productivity and profitability, including over $2.9 million to develop new digital technologies for the grape and cotton-growing industries
  • introducing the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant to encourage Australian wine tourism
  • developing the Wine Australia Trade Specialist Program to engage, recognise and encourage the Chinese wine trade to promote Australian wine
  • improving wine producers’ access to seasonal workers by reducing the tax rate to 15 per cent for those on working holidays​​​
  • initiating the Regional Program to actively encourage and support innovation, extension and adoption of R&D in the Australian wine sector
  • introducing legislation to improve the integrity of the wine equalisation tax rebate and better target support to small wine producers in rural and regional Australia
  • implementing a comprehensive foreign investment framework for agriculture to improve transparency and give the community confidence about foreign investment
  • introducing legislation to establish an ‘effects test’ in national competition law to protect small businesses from the impact of anti-competitive conduct by large, counterparty businesses
  • providing $25.8 million over four years to help manage the effects of pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas.

Key Facts

  • In 2015–16, 1.6 million tonnes of grapes were produced for wine in Australia.
  • Australia has 3,230 wine farms.
  • 41% of Australian wine exports go to the United States and China.
  • South Australia is Australia’s largest producer of wine grapes, making up 51% of total production in 2015–16.
  • Between 2014–15 and 2015–16 the national gross value of wine grape production increased by 22% to $880.5 million.
  • Increased farm input expenditure contributed to a rise in total farm cash costs in 2015–16 and 2016–17 but was partly offset by lower interest rates on farm borrowing.
  • The value of the Chinese market grew from $364 million in 2015 to $516 million in 2016.​

Export markets for wine, 2015–16


Further information

General inquiry 1800 900 090
GPO Box 858, Canberra ACT 2601 ​

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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