Australia is ranked number four on the global wine export
On any given day 30 million glasses of Australian wine are consumed world-wide but this April the focus will turn to our own backyard. Wine Australia is encouraging Australians to take notice of what the rest of the world already knows and enjoy a glass of Australian wine this April during Aussie Wine Month from 1 April to 30 April.
Aussie Wine Month is the country's biggest wine festival, presented annually by Wine Australia - the Australian Government authority responsible for identifying and maximising sustainable demand for Australian wine both globally and in Australia.
Wine Australia Regional Director, Aaron Brasher, said it's time Australians became passionate supporters of their own locally produced wines.
"Australia produces a diverse range of award-winning wines that are enjoyed around the world and is the world's fourth biggest exporter of wine globally," Brasher said.
"This April, we urge Australians to get behind Aussie Wine Month and take a trip to a local wine region, try a new Australian wine when dining at a restaurant and enjoy any one of the nearly 100 events happening across the country," Brasher continued.
Wine tourism in Australia is already playing a significant role for domestic and international travel with approximately 2.4 million domestic overnight trips involving travellers visiting a winery in 2012.
Beyond boosting tourism, the Australian wine industry is a $4.3 billion industry that creates over 52,000 jobs, many of which are based in over 65 regional communities. Australia has over 2,400 wineries and over 6,200 grape growers across 65 diverse and unique wine regions.
Aussie Wine Month, now in its second year, will showcase all that is unique about Australian wine, including the faces behind the great brands. Events across the country include joining Brokenwood Winery for their Winemaker for a Day event in the Hunter Valley, attending a Yalumba Food and Wine matching event in your capital city and a harvest lunch with MasterChef winner Adam Liaw at Rymill Estate Coonawarra.
For more information about all Aussie Wine Month events visit www.apluswines.com
• Australia is ranked number four on the global wine export list 
• 2.4 million domestic overnight trips involved a trip to a winery 
• Australian wine industry sales reached $4.3 billion last financial year 
• The wine industry creates over 52,000 jobs across Australia 
• There are over 2,400 wineries and over 6,200 grape growers within 65 wine regions nationally