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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Three Wishes

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

  • Marlargo Wines

    The home of Marlargo Wines is located at the base of the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia's most ...

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • Hardy's

    For over 150 years, Hardys has crafted some of Australia's best-known and most popular wines. Tak...

  • Pirramimma Winery

    Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by ...

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Australia on Snooth

  • Tall Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon Select 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Teresawine2

  • Jim Barry Shiraz the Lodge Hill 2012


    Wonderful wine making lends to the lavender floral notes with blueberry, plum and spice - mainly pepper with dusty tannins that finish slightly sweet. Rounded tannins are just chewy enough to give texture and meld with mineraly acidity to drive a medium length aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Jim Barry Shiraz the Lodge Hill 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Jim Barry Shiraz the Lodge Hill 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Jim Barry Shiraz the Lodge Hill 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Jim Barry Shiraz the Lodge Hill 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Shingleback Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2011


    Wasted with a shrimp dinner. Needed a good ribeye or similar steak. Linz says it smells very good. Read More

    Wine review by ke6lbm

  • 19 Crimes Red 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by k8wdesign

  • Jen Pfeiffer Rebel Tempranillo 2015


    A recent Naked Wines selection. Dark red purple opaque. Opens with Strawberry/Mint/Cherry; a bit of Moss and Pine Bark; Cinnamon/Five Spice/Thyme. Grippy mouthful with Minerals, Damp Earth, Chocolate and more spices. Young with some alcohol burn and not as earthy as my preferred style of Tempranillo, but still good. Would like to set this aside ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Jacob's Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    Coloration that is rich, opaque, and burgundy/brown in color. Aromas that are leafy, yet of sweet jammy preserves and slightly pungent....there are also hints of cranberry, black currant and some alcoholic tendencies. Flavors follow suit, with tart cranberry, currant, woody oak and some tart, leaning towards not quite ripe berry......mouthfeel... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • 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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