Grapes were brought to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788 by Captain Arthur Phillip, founder of the colony of New South Wales. He planted a small vineyard with cuttings from South America and South Africa as one of his first ventures in agriculture.
Australian table grapes are grown in many different places – from the Northern Territory and Northern Queensland to southern Victoria and throughout Western Australia.
Major growing regions:
- Sunraysia and the Murray Valley in Victoria
- Riverina in New South Wales (NSW)
- South-eastern Queensland
Other growing regions:
- Carnarvon, the Swan Valley and south-west of Western Australia
- Central NSW
- The Riverland in South Australia
- Central Northern Territory
Table Grape Season
- The season for fresh grapes runs for six to seven months
- It starts in November, peaks in February and March and closes in May
Table Grape Season by Region
- Early season regions include the Northern Territory, Queensland (St George, Emerald and Mundubbera) and NSW (Bourke and Menindee)
- Late season grapes (which constitute 70% of production) come from the Sunraysia region of Victoria (Mildura and Robinvale)
- Western Australia produces table grapes for the majority of the season.
Primary Table Grape Varieties
- Menindee Seedless: Available from November to February
- Thompson Seedless: Available from January to May
- Red Globe: Available from December to May
- Crimson Seedless: Available from February to May
–Data and images provided by the Australian Table Grape Association