Winemakers’ Federation welcomes shrinking Australian vineyards

The national vineyard acreage is decreasing at a rate of about 10,000 hectares every two years.

Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the area under vine fell from 166,000 hectares in 2008 to 155,000 in 2010 to 145,000 in 2012.

The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia welcomed the news, saying it had been urging the wine industry to re-assess the size and mix of its vineyards for several years.

Surpluses of grapes and wine had led to damage to the industry from entrenched discounting, which had eroded profitability, WFA said.

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