Saturday, November 16, 2013

Australian bottled wine exports continued to grow across higher price points during the year ending September 2013, while the average value of bottled exports was the highest recorded in five years, according to the latest Wine Export Approval Report September 2013, released by Wine Australia recently.
China and Hong Kong led the growth in Australian bottled wine exports above A$10 per litre and now account for 42 per cent of these high value exports. China is the biggest destination for exports in the above A$10 per litre segment, followed by Hong Kong.  The average value of wine exports above A$10 per litre was the highest ever, increasing by 4 per cent to
 A$19.14 per litre. While the total volume of wine exports decreased by 3 per cent to 684 million litres (valued at A$1.78 billion), the average value increased by 0.4% to A$2.61 per litre, which was assisted by 3 per cent growth in the average value of bottled wine exports to A$4.54.

 The number of active Australian wine exporters increased by 14 to 1,371, with increases in the number of
 exporters to the US (up by 12 to 220 companies) and China (up by 33 to 931 companies).

 Wine Australia's Acting Chief Executive, Andreas Clark said growth at higher price points provided
 opportunities for the wine sector in a challenging environment.

"While the volume of exports has declined overall and across many of our major markets, the growth at higher and more sustainable price points is a positive trend and one we need to build on to improve returns for grapegrowers and winemakers," Mr Clark said.
"The drop in total export volumes was driven by a number of factors including a decline in exports at lower
 price points and a fall in red wine exports due to stocks of red wine declining last year.

"Bottled wine exports to the US grew 16 per cent in the above A$7.50 per litre segment, which is encouraging and supports our recent wine trade research that shows that the US is ready for the quality, regionality and diversity of our wines at higher price points.

"Growth in bottled exports to China was strongest in the above A$5 per litre segment, with double digit growth in the above A$10 per litre segment, up 12 per cent.

"The average value of bottled shipments to China increased by 5 per cent to A$6.64 per litre – the highest since 2006 – while the average value of bottled wine to Hong Kong was up 17 per cent to A$10.99 per litre.

"The UK market remains challenging with a £2 per bottle wine excise, declines in wine consumption, high
 unemployment, falling household expenditure and a relatively strong Australian dollar all impacting on wine

"The wine sector is working collectively to ensure there is far greater awareness in all our markets of the
 quality, diversity and regionality of Australian wine with a view to improving returns. While the latest export
 results show we're starting to move in the right direction, there's still a long way to go.

"There's a lot of positive sentiment about Australian wine in all our export markets following the recent Savour Australia 2013 – the first ever global Australian wine forum.

"The industry's focus over the next 12 months will be on continuing that momentum and growing that positive sentiment to help get more quality Australian wines on the world's retail shelves and wine lists.

"Wine Australia will be building on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from Savour Australia 2013 through
 our global program of educational initiatives, tastings, masterclasses, trade and consumer events and retail
 promotions in all our markets over the coming months."

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