Australia 2005 Australian Wine

From Stamps of the World
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  • Issue Date : 19 July 2005
  • Designed by : Andrew Hogg
  • Printed by : SEP Sprint
  • Print Process : Lithography
  • Dimensions: 37.5mm x 26mm


Wine production in Australia| is a growth industry. Australia is now the world's fourth largest wine exporter - behind France, Italy and Spain - and the single largest exporter of wine outside the {wikipedia:European Union|]]. Australia is the number one supplier of wine to the United Kingdom and number two to the United States of America.

Approximately 70 per cent of all Australian grapes come from the inland regions such as Griffith and Mildura and not the more famous regions like the Barossa|, Hunter and Yarra valleys. About 60 per cent of the total area of wine plantings is devoted to red varieties, of which shiraz makes up about a third.

Australia is known for its Shiraz - one in four glasses of wine consumed is a Shiraz. Chardonnay is the most widely planted of the white-wine grape variety, constituting almost a third of all white-wine plantings. While the first vines arrived in Australia in 1788 with the First Fleet, they were not successful and in the following years many attempts were made to establish winemaking ventures.

Wine-grape growing and winemaking are now carried out in every State and Territory of Australia. The period between 1990 and 2001 saw Australia emerge as one of the leading winemaking countries in the world with approximately 1.5 million bottles of wine leaving Australia every day, supplying 89 international markets.

The design adopts a photographic approach illustrating the process of wine production from growth in the vineyards to the convivial act of drinking. The stamps evoke a sense of the tradition and history in the Australian wine industry whilst simultaneously creating a sense of intimacy, recognition and pride. Graphic motifs - the fence post and wire, bottle and bottle opener have been used to expand the narrative.


Sheet Stamps

  • Perforations : 14 x 14¾
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25)

Single Stamps

50c ripe grapes
$1.45 lifestyle

Se-tenant Pairs

Se-tenant 50c pair
Se-tenant $1 pair

Self-adhesive Stamps

  • Perforations : serpentine die cut 11¼ x 11½ syncopated
  • Format: booklets of 10

Single Stamps

50c vineyard
50c ripe grapes


$5 booklet cover
Booklet pane of 10 x 50c

Prestige Booklet

Prestige booklet front cover
Prestige booklet pane of 4 x 50c
Prestige booklet pane of 4 x $1
Prestige booklet pane of 2 x $1.45
Prestige booklet pane of 2 x 50c
Prestige booklet back cover

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Adelaide SA 5000. A first day cover for the self-adhesive varieties was not officially produced.

First day cover - sheet stamps

Maximum Cards

Maximum card - 50c vineyard
Maximum card - 50c ripe grapes
Maximum card - $1 harvesting
Maximum card - $1 wine casks
Maximum card - $1.45 lifestyle

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack back cover
Presentation pack of 5 values