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 »

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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Hardy's

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

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • Badgers Creek

    Badgers Creek Semillon Chardonnay. 70% Semillon 30% Chardonnay Citrus Friut with a touch of V...

  • Matthew Lang

    Hi  l have found this bottle unopened not sure about quality of wine but if you were interested...

  • The Colonial Estate

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

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Australia on Snooth

  • BTW, any comments on these: the wines, the vintages and the indicated prices? Australia/New Zealand CollectionJamsheed, Syrah, Helasville "Hill Paddock Vineyard" 2010  $45/5,000 JPYPenfolds GSM Bin 138-Old Vines, Barossa Valley $440/4,500 JPYVasse Felix, Shiraz, Margaret River, 2000 $30/3,100 JPYTin Shed, Shiraz, Barossa Valley "Single Wire Vine... Read More

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  • Round 4 - and now for all of my Snooth US colleagues - the US setFirstly - if I ... guys are not the cheapest in Australia but if they are the distributor then I am stuck with themMatthiasson Oak Knoll 2012Certainly a very powerful CS which certainly was more in the cherry flavour range with some good oak treatment - really would like to see th... Read More

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  • Round 2 - 4 x AussiesExcellent Group of winesThe Cullen is from Margaret River in Western Australia - a biodynamic wine [not that i particularly have a view on these techniques] Cullen is a CS 87 Merlot 11 Malbec 1 CF 1 BlendObviously too young to be at itsbest but the fruit and tannin structure delivers an outstanding young wine which will age ... Read More

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  • Definitely agree with the basic premise on use of words such as Reserve Premium ... ... "froth" in Australia for as long as I remember.To me the only real test is how often you you back and but a particular wine because you enjoy it and its price reflects your own take on "value" - particularly if you have had positive experiences across many ... Read More

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  • Al - it means nothing legally in the US. Jess Jackson made himself a ... wines ... wines from Argentina, Chile, Australia and elsewhere.In Europe, it means something different in each location. So a reserve Barolo has nothing to do with a reserve Rioja. And because the requirement in Rioja has to do with aging, people are making non-reserve wi... Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... ... $1,330/148,000 JPY Australia/New Zealand CollectionJamsheed, Syrah, Helasville "Hill Paddock Vineyard" 2010  $45/5,000 JPYPenfolds GSM Bin 138-Old Vines, Barossa Valley $440/4,500 JPYVasse Felix, Shiraz, Margaret River, 2000 $30/3,100 JPYTin Shed, Shiraz, Barossa Val... Read More

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  • Elderton E Series Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia 2014

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    Thick and richly spiced aromas of bold black currant and blackberry with dusty dark cacao notes and wisps of smoke. A bit candied on the palate with bold cherry syrup notes, smoky spice coming up towards the finish with a medicinal cough lozenge note throughout. Read More

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  • Going to a Cabernet Degustation next WednesdayThe Wine line upAustralia  Cullen Diana Madeline 2015 98 Points - Gary Walsh The Wine FrontMount Mary Quintet 2014 96+ Points - Gary Walsh The Wine FrontRockford 'Rifle Range' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 94 Points - Gary Walsh The Wine FrontLakes Folly 2014 95+ Points - Gary Walsh The Wine Front USA  Mat... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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 - ...

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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