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Aussie Wine Back in China: Cheers, But No Champagne Yet

Mar 28, 2024 •  3 min read

Many growers are struggling and say the end of the tariffs will not be enough. (Landline: Tim Lee)

Hold onto your corkscrews, mates! There’s cause for cautious celebration in the Australian wine industry. China, the land of booming demand and discerning drinkers, has finally lifted those pesky tariffs on Aussie vino.

This is a big deal. We’re talking about tariffs that choked the flow of Australian wine to China, causing a near-30% drop in export business practically overnight. Ouch. That translates to billions of dollars and countless bottles gathering dust instead of gracing dinner tables.

So, is this the magic fix the industry desperately needs? Let’s hold the horses for a second.

China’s Thirst Waning

While China lifting the tariffs is undeniably good news, it’s like uncorking a bottle that’s been sitting out for a while. The Chinese market, once a bottomless well for Australian reds, has shrunk to a mere shadow of its former glory.

There’s a global economic slowdown at play, and China’s internal reopening is still finding its footing. This means even the best Aussie drops might face a less enthusiastic reception than in the pre-tariff days.

Wine producers across the country have been affected by the Chinese tariffs. (Supplied: Ricca Terra)

Australian winemakers are a tough bunch, though. They’ve been weathering this storm for years, pivoting their strategies and exploring new markets.

Think of it like this: instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, it’s time to fill the whole dang cellar. South-East Asian markets are brimming with potential, just waiting to be explored.

The Future: A Blend of Relief and Renewal

For Aussie winemakers like Mitch Taylor, whose family business took a major hit, the end of tariffs is a chance to reconnect with China. But they’re also smart enough to spread their bets. Building trust and relationships in new markets will be crucial.

The road to recovery won’t be a walk in the park. Grape growers like Yianni Koutouzis are still facing financial strain, with red wine prices stuck in the bargain bin. The lifted tariffs might bring some relief, but it won’t be an overnight fix.

Producers warn it will not revive the struggling wine industry overnight. (Reuters: Florence Lo)

While Australian wine industry is clinking glasses to China’s move, they’re also keeping a wary eye on the global market. Diversification is the name of the game now, with a focus on exploring new markets in South-East Asia.