NSW wine regions are leading the way in exports, with the Orange region leading the way according to a media release distributed by Stuart Ayres, NSW Government Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events.


"Global demand for wine from some of NSW’s most popular wine regions has soared in the past 12 months, including an 82 per cent rise in international sales from one region alone.
 
According to new figures released today by Wine Australia for the 12 months to March 2016, Orange, Mudgee, the Hunter Valley and the Canberra district all saw a jump in exports.
 
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres welcomed the results. “It’s pleasing to see that our large and smaller regions alike, including Orange and Mudgee are growing strongly,” Mr Ayres said.
 
“Exports from the Orange region exploded 82 per cent, breaking through the $2 million mark. The Mudgee region increased its international sales by 45 per cent and is valued at over $1 million for the first time,” he said.
 
“The Hunter Valley, one of the state’s biggest wine producing regions, increased its exports by 19 per cent to up to almost $5 million annually.”
 
“One of the most impressive results was from the Canberra district, much of which encompasses NSW including Bungendore, Murrumbateman and Lake George. In this region exports there are up by 101 per cent.”
 
“Across the state, winemakers are continuing to produce world-class wine and word is spreading. I’m encouraged to see NSW wineries embracing an export focus.”
 
China is by far the biggest export destination for NSW wines, which grew 10 per cent to almost $8 million. The UK is NSW’s second largest export market, which saw 25 per cent growth to over $3.5 million.
 
In the twelve months to March 2016, NSW wine exports grew overall by 13 per cent to $26,270,213.
 
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the NSW Government promotes its diverse wine regions across Australia and the globe, and the food, wine and travel experiences to go with them. “Wine tourism is a key attraction in NSW and our State is home to 14 distinct and unique wine regions, from the oldest in Australia in the Hunter Valley, to the newest in New England. NSW is a beacon for those who appreciate fantastic wine and local produce,” Ms Chipchase said.