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Terroir Rising? Varietal and Quality Distinctiveness of AustraliaÂ’s Wine Regions

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  • Kym Anderson

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    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

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Australia‘s export-led growth in demand for commercial bottled wine was based in part on producer freedom (relative to Europeans) to blend wines across the full range of varieties and geographic regions, so as to be able to reproduce year after year a consistent style for each label. Over time, however, that has led some buyers in the Old World‘ to believe Australian wine makers do not respect or exploit regional differences in terroir or, worse still, that Australia is incapable of making high-quality, regionally distinct wines. This paper examines empirically the changing extent to which Australian wine regions do in fact vary in their choice of wine grape varieties and in the average quality of those wine grapes. Its new new quantitative indexes may also provide a base for simulating the potential impacts on different regions of climate change and of adaptive responses to it. The study focuses on 30 of Australia‘s wine grape regions and on the top 12 red and 10 white wine grape varieties that together account for all but 6 or 7 percent of Australia‘s wine grape crush.

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Paper provided by University of Adelaide, School of Economics in its series School of Economics Working Papers with number 2009-18.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2009-018

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Keywords: wine economics; terroir; regional winegrape quality;

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  1. Jaffe, Adam B, 1989. "Real Effects of Academic Research," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 79(5), pages 957-70, December.
  2. Anderson, Kym & Wood, Danielle, 2005. "What Determines the Future Value of an Icon Wine? New Evidence from Australia," CEPR Discussion Papers 5044, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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Cited by:
  1. Drogue, Sophie & DeMaria, Federica, 2011. "Pesticides Residues and Trade: the Apple of Discord?," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland 114445, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  2. Kym Anderson, 2010. "Varietal intensities and similarities of the worldÂ’s wine regions," Wine Economics Research Centre Working Papers 2010-04, University of Adelaide, Wine Economics Research Centre.
  3. Drogué, S. & DeMaria, F., 2012. "« Comparing apples with pears. How differences in pesticide residues regulations impact trade? »," Working Papers MOISA 201201, UMR MOISA : Marchés, Organisations, Institutions et Stratégies d'Acteurs : CIHEAM-IAMM, CIRAD, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro, IRD - Montpellier, France.
  4. Mauro Vigani & Valentina Raimondi & Alessandro Olper, 2010. "GMO Regulations, International Trade and the Imperialism of Standards," LICOS Discussion Papers 25510, LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, KU Leuven.
  5. Kym Anderson & Ernesto Valenzuela, 2010. "Economic contributions and characteristics of grapes and wine in AustraliaÂ’s wine regions," Wine Economics Research Centre Working Papers 2010-01, University of Adelaide, Wine Economics Research Centre.

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