Australian Wine

The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European settlers arrived, bringing vines to plant around the coast near Sydney. As settlement spread throughout the country, so did wine-making, and exports of mostly dry red wine became popular in the UK by the late 1800s. World War II brought an even larger influx of European immigrants who began to focus on more quality wine-making practices. By the mid 1990s, the international market was taken by storm and Australian wine became a globalized industry, with many labels recognized throughout the world.

Though a small continent, Australia has an astonishing range in climates, with distinct growing regions that adapt to these conditions and many different styles of wine produced from sparkling to dry to off dry, dessert, and even ice wine. Shiraz (Syrah) has become the signature grape of Australia, huge on the international market, with great ranges in style and quality. Most growing regions in the country were spared Read more »

Mentor for Australian Wines

Terence Pang

I am an enthusiastic taster and collector based in Melbourne, Australia. My favourite wines/regions are Chateauneuf du Pape, Barossa Valley shiraz, Sine Qua Non, Clos St Jean and Ports. Happy to sharing my experiences, also open to tasting requests.

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Varietals Produced in Australia View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Subregions of Australia

  • Adelaide Hills

    This is a region of rapidly growing importance for the production of super-premium table and spar...

  • Barossa Valley

    With a rich history dating back to 1847, a profound and unique Silesian (German) influence, the B...

  • New South Wales

    New South Wales is state and wine-producing region within the Federal Commonwealth of Australia...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

  • Tasmania

    Tasmanian vignerons have not yet registered any regions or subregions. This is likely to change i...

  • Victoria

    Victoria is a wine growing state in the South East part of Australia. Because of its diverse te...

Popular Wineries in Australia View all

  • Three Wishes

    Three Wishes is a Charles Shaw wine produced as a private label offering at Whole Foods markets...

  • Jacob's Creek

    In 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant called Johann Gramp missed the wine he used to drink in hi...

  • Oxford Landing

    Established in 1958 by Wyndam Hill Smith, the vineyard is situated on the banks of the Murray ...

  • The Colonial Estate

    World’s End is the culmination of over 15 years of winemaking in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux and the ...

  • McGuigan Wines

    In total McGuigan won four trophies, two gold, nine silver and ten bronze medals at this show alo...

  • Maglieri

    Maglieri has long set the benchmark for winemaking in McLaren Vale, enjoying both national and in...

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Australia on Snooth

  • Sidewood Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills 2012

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    Lightly herbed notes of pea shoots and ripe cherry with touches of leather and tar and raspberry on the nose. Continues to be herbal and earthy in the mouth, with dark tarry notes, baking spice and leather with cranberry and unripe cherry and a bit of salinity towards the tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy 2014

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    Mirbeau Read More

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Two Hands Shiraz Mclaren Vale Angels Share 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz Adelaide Hills 2013

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    Deeply inky and spiced to perfection with black pepper and intoxicating blackberry preserves, hints of tomato leaf and earthy smoke. Thick and full mouthfeel with amazingly ripe fruit preserves of blackberry and black cherry, a zesty mouthfeel delivering incredible cinnamon spice and age worthy leather and earth notes, chewy and well integrated ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills 2014

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    Lightly herbed citrus notes of lemon and lime with a rose petal note on the nose. Tart and fresh in the mouth with pink grapefruit and cantaloupe notes and a touch of grassy herb and pineapple on the finish. Nicely complex yet well integrated. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 19 Crimes Red Blend 2015

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    Overall well balanced. A bit too dry...woke up with a stuffy nose. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Tall Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon Select Premier

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    First thing that hits you in the face is a buttery smell, that you just can't forget while trying to drink. Definitely a diacetyl issue. Read More

    Wine review by dilligaf33


  • Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley 2008

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    Another great white. Full of flavor and has lots of body. Another great buy and great with fish or Asian cuisines. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Sidewood Pinot Gris Adelaide Hills 2013

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    Green apple, cream, peach and dried apricot aromas. Bursting with acidity on entry, this shows a lot of lively character and is full of stone fruit flavors of peach and apricot. Lemon zest and a hint of spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wallaby Creek Chardonnay Chardonnay South Eastern Australia 2004

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    Tastes like cooking sherry, and has a deep golden color. Not what I usually go for. Read More

    Wine review by Threegeese


  • Hi, I'm looking for a Cabernet Merlot wine called A Mob of Emus, from the Golden Grape Estate. Was bought a bottle for Christmas and am looking to purchase some more. It was the 2013 vintage. Hope you can help

    Comment by 1965462Simon Jacobson 1965462 Simon Jacobson


  • I'm currently in Australia and will be here thru January 2013. I've been enjoying some everyday wines at reasonable prices, e.g. those from Warburn Estate, Gossips, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. (2011). All very good wines AND reasonable. When you buy six bottles, you can get the price down to around $5.00/a bottle. FYI - ...

    Comment by 1112956SparkyUK3 1112956 SparkyUK3


  • A year back I have tasted an Australian wine with my friend Mellisa Knaggs and that was an unforgettable happy moment in my life. So that wine has become a special to me.

    Comment by 1109671captioningstar 1109671 captioningstar


  • Hi, I'm looking for A Mob of Emus Merlot and can't find it anywhere. I bought some from a wine tasting event and loved it. Any ideas please?

    Comment by 881706bettiboo 881706 bettiboo


  • Hattrick? I had it, lost the info and can't find it locally. HELP

    Comment by 832692jking3702 832692 jking3702


  • Australian wines .I LOVE them all , really dont buy any other .I always get Yellow tail /Banrock/jacobs creek ...I prefer the reds but I enjoy them all... hope to visit my wine country one day

    Comment by 689787akki909 689787 akki909


  • Too much industrial wine being exported from oz.We need more real wine,that is wine with a sence of Place .There are many small outstanding wieries in oz but are difficult to find. Examples; Pierro,Coriole,Craiglee and tabilk.

    Comment by 676293paddykeogh 676293 paddykeogh


  • Australian Gold Vine is actually a native from Southeast Asia to New Caledonia. Clusters of bright golden yellow star shaped flowers appear throughout the year on this compact, small growing vine. It is a vigorous climber with 6 inch long ovate to lance-shaped, lush green leaves. The yellow flowers have red stamens and are borne in loose recemes...

    Comment by 593499indu008 593499 indu008


  • To begin with if red wine drinkers stick to wines from the Barossa Valley or Coonawarra they won't go wrong. When you've exhausted those after a few months of continuous drinking go to wines from Clare Valley & Margaret River. The varieties in Oz will take a lifetime to get through.

    Comment by 577652Ziman 577652 Ziman


  • Looking at some of the comments I can assure you that Australia is worth visiting for many reasons but the quality of our wine must rate as one of the more important reasons. It is in a class of its own.

    Comment by 577652Ziman 577652 Ziman


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