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Australian wine exports down in 2010-11

Exports of Australian produced wine fell in 2010-11 to 747 million litres compared to 788 million litres in 2009-10, according to the data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

In contrast, imports of wine into Australia rose 4.2 percent to 67 million litres in 2010-11. Inventories of wine decreased to 1.66 billion litres (-3.5 percent) at 30 June 2011 compared to last financial year.

According to the Bureau of Statistics, in Australia, there were 1.6 million tonnes of grapes crushed in the 2010-11 financial year. The area of grape bearing vines increased to 154 thousand hectares and yields stayed unchanged at 10.1 tonnes/hectare at 30 June 2011.

There were 1.12 billion litres of beverage wine produced in 2010-11, a decrease of -0.02 billion litres (-2.1 percent) compared to 2009-10.

(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)