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The first national vineyard scan has re-affirmed the importance of the Riverland’s wine industry – being officially identified as Australia’s largest wine region geographically.

The National Vineyard Scan conducted for WineAustralia, used artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to provide highly accurate vineyard data – replacing the old Australian Bureau of Statistics paper-based sector survey, last published in 2015.

WineAustralia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said the National Vineyard Scan was very accurate, with 95 per cent matching of vineyards compared with human identifications in test samples.

The scan saw the Riverland have 19,024ha of vines planted, up by 2034 ha on the previous ABS data.

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