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South Australian vineyards lead the way producing 52% of the nation’s grapes

The incredible figure places South Australia as Australia’s champion wine region, producing world-class whites, reds and rosés that make up over half of the nation’s grapes.

Image: Howard Vineyard.

David Basham MP, the Minister for Primary Industries & Regions, has revealed South Australia as the nation’s leading wine region, producing over half of the nation’s wine grapes. 

This new figure is a staggering 44% increase on last year’s grape production, and affirms South Australia’s world-class wineries as the leading producers in the nation, creating some of the best wines in the world. 

After a challenging year for vineyards and cellar doors across the region in 2020, following the unprecedented devastation of the bushfires, this incredible vintage is a real cause for celebration amongst some of the South Australian wine producers that make up our world-class reputation. 

This year’s wine grape crush has even been described as a “unicorn vintage”, producing an illustrious combination of both strong grape yields and exceptional quality wine, enjoyed by thousands of South Australians and visitors to the state on countless wine and cellar door tours. 

Winemakers across the region have enjoyed a rare ‘near-perfect’ season, harvesting the largest crop on record, amidst an industry struggle with Chinese tariffs on Australian-produced wine. 

With this year’s golden crush estimated to be worth $1.56 billion there’s no better time to enjoy some of our incredible state-produced wines, particularly with Tasting Australia’s Winter Series and Winter Reds events this month, celebrating the incredible produce from the Festival State. 

Winter Reds promises to be a particularly delicious event following the news of the 2021 crush success, with red wine reigning supreme from South Australia’s total wine production, making up 57% of the crush, a 20% increase on production from last year. 

The event takes place in the picturesque Adelaide Hills on Sunday 25 July, with a jam-packed itinerary of delicious tastings, food pairings, live music and crackling fires from some of the region’s best producers. 

Read more about Winter Reds here.

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