Study: Aussie wine grapes will survive drought

Despite concern over the drought in Australia, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) says not to worry about wine grapes.

Total wine grape production is forecast to increase by 19% in 2007-08, as a result of improved growing conditions in key production areas, according to a just-released ABARE report.

“Forecast production in 2007-08 is higher than early-season estimates because of greater than expected resilience of vines suffering from drought stress, and water purchasing by growers in drought-affected irrigation areas,” said Philip Glyde, ABARE executive director.

Despite the better than previously expected outcomes, however, production will be well below the record 1.9 million tonnes achieved in 2004-05. Production should reach 1.67 million tonnes in 2007-08.

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