Australian winemakers look past China, U.S. woes and toast the home market

Faced with sluggish sales to top export markets, virtually no foreign tourists, and decreasing restaurant sales due to COVID-19, Australian wineries are increasingly looking to locals to secure their livelihoods as coronavirus curbs ease. With overseas holidays out of bounds, locals are hitting cellar doors – or the part of the winery where visitors can sample drinks – like never before, said vintners in the Hunter Valley wine region, 160 km (100 miles) north of Sydney. “As far as our average sale is concerned, that has doubled (in recent months),” said Bruce Tyrrell, managing director of Tyrrell’s Wines, adding they adapted their wine tasting service to comply with social distancing rules.

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