The last 10 years have been tough on the Australian wine industry. Lack of water has put many wine growers out of business. Almost 30 000 hectares of vines have been abandoned since 2006. A strong currency made export harder and Australian consumers got a taste for French and Italian wines.
So, how is the industry coping now? Better. Wine exports are growing again and the trend is looking positive.
The most popular grape varieties in Australia are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Leader among the white wine varieties is Chardonnay followed by Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The total area of vines is now approximate 149 000 hectares. Most vineyards are dependent on irrigation. The most popular methods are drip irrigation and micro spray. 112 000 hectares are irrigated with these methods.
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