How to export wine from Australia



Exporting wine from Australia is very strictly controlled in order to protect the reputation of Australian wine in the international marketplace.

Australian government control of wine exports

Three levels of control have been instituted by the Australian Government to ensure that minimum standards are maintained. These are Export Licensing, Export Approval, and Export Authorisation.

Export Licensing

Only companies that have a licence to export are permitted to send wine out of the country. These licences are granted by The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation under an Act of the Federal Parliament, and the number granted is limited.

Licences are reviewed every year. Renewal is not automatic and depends on the licensees performance.

Export Approval

No wine can be exported from Australia until it has been tested at a laboratory. It will then undergo authorisation for export by an expert tasting panel.

Approvals are valid for one year, on a per wine basis.

Export Authorisation

Every shipment of wine above 100 litres must be authorised by The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.

Exporters must submit to the Corporation a detailed breakdown of all wines in each consignment and show the current export approval number of each wine.

Wine export countries

Australia exports wine to numerous countries. The following are currently considered major international markets for Australian wine:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Common questions on wine exports from Australia

How much wine does Australia export to china?

China is one of Australia’s biggest markets. In 2018, Australian wine exports to China were worth A$1.54 billion (US$1.06 billion), making it the country’s second-most valuable export market after the United States.

China is additionally Australia’s fastest-growing export market for wine, with sales increasing by nearly 50% in 2017–18.

The majority of Australian wine exported to China is red wine, which accounts for around 70% of the total value of exports.

The most popular variety of Australian wine exported to China is Shiraz, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Various white wines make up the remainder of exports.

How to export wine from Australia

The regulations for exporting wine from Australia vary depending on the destination country, but generally the steps listed above for government regulations apply to all.

If you plan to export wine to the United States you will need to complete an application with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Some requirements you will likely need to adhere to are as follows:
• Obtaining a winery license (which will need to be renewed annually)
• Complying with labelling and packaging regulations
• Meeting health and safety requirements

How much wine does Australia export?

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recorded approximately A$2.62 billion worth of wine exports from Australia in 2018. This made Australia the sixth-largest wine exporter in the world over the fiscal year.

Australia’s main export markets are China, United States, and the United Kingdom.

Australian wine suppliers

Australian Legend (South East Australia)
Bidgeebong Wines (Tumbarumba, Gundagai, New South Wales)https//
Eldredge Wines (Clare, South Australia)
Gods Hill (Barossa Valley, South Australia)
Hoggies Estate (Yelta, Victoria)
Hopwood (Echuca, Victoria)
Kopparossa (Coonawarra / Limestone Coast, South Australia)
Murdoch Hill (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)
Narkoojee Wines (Gippsland, Victoria)
O’Shea & Murphy (Macedon, Victoria)
Olivia Signature Series (Coonawarra, South Australia)
Pfeiffer Wines (Wahgunyah, Victoria)
S. Kidman Wines (Coonawarra, South Australia)
Shantell Wines (Yarra Valley, Victoria)
Sieber Road Wines (Barossa Valley, South Australia)
Thomas Wines (Hunter Valley, New South Wales)
Wayne Thomas Wines (Mc Laren Vale, South Australia)
Will Taylor Wines (South Australia)

Available agents in wine export countries

Australasian Wine Pty Pty Co (Ao Hua)
No 17 Third Zhidi Plaza
Yongjing Garden
Contact: Tony Liang
Tel: 0011 86 8882 3368
Fax: 0011 86 760 8882 3368
Aynak Guangzhou Trading Co., Ltd
No 1, South 2nd Street
Siyouxin Road
Contact: Li Ze Sen
Tel: 86 13903000766
ChinaGuangdong Yihua Department Store
9th Floor West Bld.
Yihua Commercial Bld,Zhongshang 3rd Rd
Zhongshan, Guangdong
Guangzhou LK MEDIA
Level 6 / 222 YueXiuBei Road
Guangzhou, China
Contact: Ms Li Xiang
Tel: 86 20 836 42625
ChinaGuilin Aullican Food Company Ltd.
Industrial Park
Bali Street, Guilin
Guang Xi 541213
ChinaShanghai Heng Tuo Trading Co. Ltd.
1108 Cao Bao Rd
Ming Hang District
Karwig Wines Ltd
Contact: Joe Karwig
Tel: 0011 021 437 2864
Fax: 0011 021 437 2864
Cellar Deluxe
301 Upper Thomson Road
#01-79 Thomson Plaza
Contact: Daniel Lim
Tel: 0011 65 556 0696
Fax: 0011 65 556 0949
Pioneer Wines Pty Ltd
40A Craig Road
Contact: PK Chee
Tel: 0011 65 6220 1115
Fax: 0011 65 6223 1197
Rinkebyvagen 15
182 36 Daderyd
Contact: Cecilia Martenson
Tel: +46 8 544 905 90
Fax: +46 8 544 905 99
TaiwanChailease Resources Trading Co Ltd
5th Floor, 361 Fu Hsing 1st Road
Kweishan, Taoyuan Hsien
Contact: Nesace Chang
Tel: 886 3 328 7070
Fax: 886 3 328 7079

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