Australian Wine – are we drinking enough?

When did Australians start drinking wine? There’s no doubt that we’re great wine drinkers now, but back in 1946 the Tariff Board thought we weren’t drinking nearly enough.

According to this beautiful report, ‘Flourish the Vine’ put together by the Tariff Board, we weren’t. We were only drinking 6 pints of wine per capita – a tiny amount in comparison to the French who were putting away 445.5 pints!

'Flourish the Vine' is a beautiful report put together by the Tarrif Board in 1946

'Flourish the Vine' is a beautiful report put together by the Tarrif Board in 1946

The report argued that Australia had ideal grape-growing conditions – it was described as ‘Utopia of the Vine’. South Australia and Victoria were growing the most grapes – 56,930 acres and 42,221 acres respectively. NSW was only growing 16,300 acres of grapes back then – I bet that’s hugely different now!

Click on the picture to see the entire report – it’s worth it.

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