In this article, The Australian analyses the factors behind the rise of Australia's food and wine culture, in addition to a few trends which are characterising the sector. Of the 50 restaurants which make up The Australian's annual report on the state of Australia's dining nation, 20 hail from New South Wales; the biggest number from the State since the launch of the Hot 50 in 2011, and more than double the second-runner (Victoria, with nine). Speculated factors include optimism about the economy in New South Wales as well as Sydney's rising status as a centre of consumption. Industry trends include the growth of fragmentation, health-consciousness and native ingredients. Find out more.