The 2020 South Australian Winegrape Crush Survey Report was released this month by Wine Australia and can be found here. Vinehealth Australia contributed aggregated and deidentified vineyard planting data from our South Australian Vineyard Register for the report.

This important industry document is an essential planning reference and includes:

  • State summary statistics by variety;
  • Regional vintage statistics by variety;
  • Average purchase value per tonne for each variety, and total value of the crush in each region;
  • Planting details for the state and each region; and
  • Historical trends and comparisons with previous vintages.

For 2020, the total reported South Australian winegrape crush was 651,195 tonnes. This was 12% below the 10-year average of 736,537 tonnes and the smallest crush since 2007.

The top three regions by volume were the Riverland with 461,385 tonnes, McLaren Vale with 28,571 tonnes and the Barossa Valley with 28,326 tonnes.

Weighted average prices increased for the top variety in all the major regions, with the biggest increases being for Barossa Shiraz and Clare Riesling.

Over the previous year, area under vine increased by 520 hectares, to a total area of 76,008 hectares. For new vineyard plantings in the past year, by area Cabernet Sauvignon was the most planted red variety and Fiano was the most planted white variety.

The largest area of new plantings in the state was in the Coonawarra wine region.

To access the 2020 Report and previously published reports, click here

If you have questions about the survey, contact Peter Bailey at Wine Australia via email or phone (08) 8228 2000.