South Australian growers lead the way in delivering the largest ever crush for the state in what has been described as a 'unicorn' vintage, with near-perfect growing and ripening conditions delivering both exceptional quality and good crop size.
While it was a record crush overall, the Riverland and Wrattonbully were the only two regions to beat their individual record. The Riverland's crush was 27% above average and accounted for 59% of the state total. Wrattonbully crushed 32,738 tonnes, 74% above the 10-year average and nearly three times the size of the 2020 vintage.
The total estimated value of the crush was $827 million compared with $556 million in 2020, reflecting the increased volume. The overall average value across the state was virtually unchanged at $792 compared with $789 per tonne.
Nationally, the 2021 crush was 31% higher than the 2020 vintage and 19% above the 2019 vintage. The larger crush balanced out the two previous small vintages, with the average of the three being closely in line with the 10-year average of 1.74 million tonnes.
South Australia was the largest contributor of the states, with an estimated harvest of 1.06 million tonnes (52% of the national total), followed by New South Wales with 580,875 tonnes (29%) and Victoria with 334,834 tonnes (17%).
To read more about the 2020/21 harvest you can read the report from Wine Australia or visit the WGCSA website for a state summary and reports for each of the major wine growing regions in SA.