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Many in the sector think the darkest days are behind them, as export markets improve and the glut recedes. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Spirit revives as wine returns to balance

The recent lousy summer might have spoiled a holiday or two, but the Western Australian wine industry was on tenterhooks for these important months as unseasonal rains and cool weather threatened the 2017 vintage.

As it turns out, the damage was minimal, especially for later-picking varieties that are the staple of key regions such as state’s premier region, Margaret River, and a relatively good vintage has been topped off with strong yields.

Ross Pamment, chief winemaker across all of Accolade Wine’s brands in WA, said the Swan Valley had been particularly badly hit by rain and flooding, especially as varieties there tended to be picked earlier.

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Volume of wine produced

1st↑Fogarty Wine Group6,000,000
2nd↓Accolade Wines5,200,000
3rd-Burch Family WinesNFP
4th-Treasury Wine EstatesNFP
5th↑Calneggia Family Vineyards1,500,000
100 wineries ranked by total volume of wine produced (litres) 2017

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