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

  • Marlargo Wines

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

  • Maglieri

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

  • The Rothbury Estate

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • Château Reynella

    Kelly’s Revenge is perfect at the end of a long day. This great new range of Australian wines is ...

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Australia on Snooth

  • HaHa-- I remember it being pretty darned good with Hearty Burgundy, though we ... with it, often a shiraz from Australia or a good deep red from S. Africa or the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, or CA.  This year we've decided to delve into the good stuff we've been saving.We Americans have become, I think, much, much more interested in and appreciativ... Read More

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  • Parsons Flat Cabernet-Shiraz Blend Padthaway Shiraz Cabernet 2004

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... in this part of South Australia.They make a selection of wines and this one is a blend of 70% shiraz [called syrah in other parts of the world ] and 30% cabernet sauvignon which has been aged in oak barrels.I opened my bottle last night as an accompaniment to my supper of beef stew and I di... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • D'Arenberg Vintage Fortified Shiraz 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Jacob's Creek Semillon Chardonnay 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Mcwilliams Hanwood Estate Shiraz Australia 2010

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    Trophy & Top Gold on label do not know how such a below average wine could achieve these accolades. Read More

    Wine review by michaelwz


  • Heartland Stickleback 2010

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    42% Shiraz, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Dolcetto, 7% Lagrein Earthy on the nose and quite herbal with big black pepper and raw beefy notes layered under creamy, raw oak and lightly jammy black currant and black cherry fruit. Opulent and a touch sweet on entry, theres enough tannin and acid here to help cut through the palate impression, though ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Amon-Ra Amon Ra Shiraz 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jamlani


  • De Bortoli Willowglen Old Tawny Port NV

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    Took half a sip, instantly spit it back out. The whole bottle went down the drain. Read More

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Molly Dooker Two Left Feet South Australia 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by thorella


  • Banrock Station Shiraz 2011

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    This smells really woody and not in an attractive way. Cedar, resiny, vanilla, and harsh on the nose. Smooth in the mouth, this then turns astringent with hints of attractive astringent red fruit, lingonberry and plum lurking under the harsh oak veneer. Short and dry on the finish. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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