New South Wales Wine Industry – An Overview
NSW is the second largest wine producing State accounting for over 30 per cent of the A$5 billion Australian wine industry.
NSW grows over 26 per cent of the industry's specialist wine grapes and produces around 34 per cent of its wine.
Since 1995, wine production in NSW has trebled to more than 480 million litres in 2006. The area under vine has also increased from less than 15,000 to over 40,000 hectares over the same period.
The Australian wine industry has a strong international focus, and exports now generate some $3 billion per year, nearly 60 per cent of the industry's total sales.
The value of wine exports from NSW has increased nearly 700 per cent over the last decade and has exceeded A$500 million per annum since 2003.
NSW is home to seven of Australia's top twenty wine exporters, including Casella Wine, whose yellowtail brand is the biggest selling imported wine in the USA.
The USA is NSW’s most significant market for wine accounting for some 50 per cent of the State’s wine exports.
Other major export markets for NSW wines are the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and New Zealand.
The Riverina (around Griffith and Leeton) is NSW's most productive region accounting for more than half the State's wine production, followed by the Murray Darling (north of the Murray River, principally around Wentworth and Buronga) with around 25 per cent of production.
Wine is also a significant contributor to regional economies in the Hunter region, and around Mudgee, Cowra and Orange in the State's Central West.
Wine is a growing industry in various other NSW regions including the Mid North Coast (Hastings region), New England, Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands, the Canberra district, Hilltops (around Young) and Tumbarumba.
Through competitiveness in quality, price, physical resources and technology, the Australian wine industry is well on track to achieving its 30 year vision of becoming the world's most influential and profitable supplier of branded wines by 2025, and to increasing its share of the world wine market to five per cent by 2010.
Consistent with this strategy, the NSW wine industry aims to capture 40 per cent of the industry's growth to become the leading wine State in terms of size, quality, influence and profitability.