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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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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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  • Kym Anderson, 2009. "Terroir Rising? Varietal and Quality Distinctiveness of AustraliaÂ’s Wine Regions," School of Economics Working Papers 2009-18, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2009-018
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    1. Anderson, Kym, 2010. "Varietal Intensities and Similarities of the World's Wine Regions," Journal of Wine Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 5(02), pages 270-309, March.
    2. Kym Anderson & Signe Nelgen & Ernesto Valenzuela & Glyn Wittwer, 2009. "Economic contributions and characteristics of grapes and wine in AustraliaÂ’s wine regions," Centre for International Economic Studies Working Papers 2009-01, University of Adelaide, Centre for International Economic Studies.
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    Keywords

    wine economics; terroir; regional winegrape quality;

    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment

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