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Wednesday 12 July 2023

Tasmania's tiny wine industry continues to boom


Cool-climate Tasmania continues to punch above its weight in the wine industry with new figures showing the island state produces just 0.9% of Australia's total wine grape production but accounts for 4% of total value. 

The 2023 Tasmanian Wine Grape Vintage Report shows Tasmanian wine producers rose to the many challenges across the 2023 season to harvest modest volumes of excellent quality.

Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies said a challenging season resulted in low yields in many parts of the island but that there was also plenty of positive news.

"The overall 2023 vintage production is very similar to 2022, with many wine growing areas experiencing significantly lower yields," Davies said. 

"The decrease in yields has been partially offset by newer vineyards starting to come into production, with the island's total vineyard area continuing to expand.

“Due to the vigilance and tireless management of our producers, quality of the wine grapes harvested this year is reported to be excellent. With volumes down and increasing global demand, this means Tassie wine lovers may need to get in early to secure wine from their favourite vineyards.”

The 2023 season’s challenges came primarily from wet, cool growing conditions, causing delays to the ripening of wine grapes across much of the island. 

In 2023, Tasmania collectively harvested 12,390 tonnes of wine grapes, anticipated to produce 895,000 cases of wine with 32% sparkling wine. 

The season also delivered another record for the value of Tasmanian wine grapes, up to $3,377/tonne (up 4%)  compared with the national average of $642/tonne. 

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Image: Kate Hill Vineyard, Huon Valley. Winsor Dobbin

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