In Australia, the 2021 wine harvest is coming to an end with a record quantity of "excellent quality". The 2.03 million tonnes are a new record, 31 percent higher than in 2020 and 19 percent higher than in 2019. In addition, there were almost perfect conditions for the growth and ripeness of the grapes in all growing regions: "Good fruit set, sufficient water at the right time, the absence of heat waves, hardly any pest pressure and favourable harvest conditions result in this exceptional vintage," said the head of Wines of Australia, Rachel Triggs. The value of the harvest increased by 36 per cent to 1.56 billion Australian dollars (about 1 billion euros) with an average price of 448 euros per tonne. According to Rachel Triggs, this vintage "provides an opportunity to replenish depleted stocks, ensuring we have the stock to take advantage of new export opportunities."
(al / Source: drinksbusiness.com; Photo: Wines of Australia)