Interesting facts about wine in Australia
Here are some interesting facts about wine – how we produce and enjoy wine in Australia and around the world:
- Wine consumption worldwide has increased by 11 percent in a decade; most of that growth is in China, as you would imagine. Their wine consumption will have increased almost tenfold in the decade to 2018, according to Euromonitor.
- Wine consumption is decreasing in France, Spain, and Italy!
- Australia is the fourth largest producer of wine globally, in terms of value and volume.
- In Australia, we drink the most wine at around age 55, on average.
- Pinot Noir production in Australia grew by 44 per cent in just one year (2014-15); this includes sparkling wine, which is usually made up of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. But Pinot Noir as a stand-alone (and gorgeous) red wine is definitely growing in popularity – and rightly so. Reason to celebrate!
- Riesling is another classic variety still growing in popularity – it grew by 20 per cent in 2015. Good to see.
- Sangiovese production grew by over 50 per cent during 2015! But it is starting from a low base, and still only makes up 0.27 per cent of Australian wine production.