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

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • Hardy's

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

  • Marlargo Wines

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

  • The Rothbury Estate

    With a portfolio of more than 200 premium brands, operations on five continents and a history str...

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Australia on Snooth

  • bru729 - CT is where the guy who pretty much created the market for Spanish ... countries are Italy, France, Australia, Chile and Argentina. Spain is sixth.So there is a market and there is a lot of Spanish wine in the US. I don't know where you shop that you can't find much.Now, you know a vineyard owner. So do I. So do many people. What does... Read More

    Forum post in the topic importing Spanish Wine


  • In honor of the original 13 states, I had an Australian Shiraz. But that was weird because who in the original 13 ever heard of Australia? So I opened a California Cab, but California was under Spanish rule at the time so that didn't really feel right either. However, it worked out with the carne asada that I was grilling, so I figured I'd be al... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Independence day


  • Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose 2013

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    Quite intense on the nose with early aromas of crushed stone followed by wild flower and wild strawberry fruit that shows a hint of greenness. Acid driven on the palate, and light and fresh in the mouth with just a hint of glycerin richness adding some contour to the juicy core of red berry fruit. Not terribly complex, though some herb and earth... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Frisk Prickly Riesling 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Yellow Tail Unoak Chd NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • D'Arenberg Shiraz Blend Mclaren Vale the Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier 2009

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    Nice floral notes from the viognier and ripe fruit from the shiraz. Fruit forward without being jammy. Pleasing bit of acidity and soft tannins. Move over C-R. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mcwilliams Hanwood Estate Shiraz Australia 2010

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    Wine review by protz



  • You may not get many wines from Mudgee. This was picked up at a bottle shop ... they were uneconomical. In Australia Cabernet is often blended with Shiraz, to "fill in" the Cabernet mid palate hole (Although now in appropriate climates the full box and dice of the Bordelais varieties are used.) This allegedly cost A$52.40 in Australia (GST&WET... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I just found out that Japan has a 15% tax on Aussie wine which is going to be ... ... over the next 7 years! Australia is the 6th largest exporter of wine to Japan, (Number 1 is France and number 2 is Chile)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Quality online wine...


  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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