Doom and gloom Down Under

Australia 2023 total crush by grape colour

This column marks ten years of Max Allen’s contributions to His first regular article, on Australia’s next generation of winegrowers, was published on 2 September 2013. Shame this overview of Australian wine in 2023 isn’t quite as optimistic. Above, Wine Australia's infographic of the total crush by grape colour, showing the percentage decline compared with 2022.

So, do you want the bad news, or the not-so-bad news? I wish I could be more upbeat, but it doesn’t feel like the right time for unequivocally good news.

Yes, there’s plenty to be positive and excited about as an observer...