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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • The Colonial Estate

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

  • Pirramimma Winery

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Matthew Lang

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

  • Three Wishes

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

  • Badgers Creek

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

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  • Lindemans Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia 2016

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    Benefit/Risk scenario, little benefit for little risk = tie game. Roy's wake on 5/6/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Thorn Clarke Malbec On Truro Volcanic Soil St Kitts Vineyard Barossa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bleasdale Potts' Catch Verdelho Langhorne Creek 2012

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for a mere £1 from the www.cellartrade.co.uk ... City of Adelaide in South Australia and Frank Potts founded the first winery there in the 19th century.Because he was a keen fisherman this cuvee is called 'Potts Catch' and there is a picture of a fisherman on the label. This is an area of very low rainfall so g... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Craneford Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley John Zilm 2005

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £20 from the www.cellartrade.co.uk ... ... City of Adelaide in South Australia.It is one of Australia's best known and renowned wine making regions with a history going back to the mid 19th century.I started a bottle last night with my pasta bake supper. This is a beautifully structured full bodied wine wi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Springwood Shiraz 2016

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    This wine needs to sit about a week in the fridge. It's off balance otherwise. Screwtop. Probably skip it, even through the price is good. The white they produce is awesome. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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  • Lindemen - Hey there - this is Paul (rckr1951), been drinking and watching the evolution of Australian and later New Zealand wines for a total decades (4 for Aussie).  The big shift to screw caps has happened in Aussie a few years ago now.In fact you won't find many in Australia that use corks except for (usually) higher end wine producers, thin... Read More

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  • A couple of new ones from Australia:Two Hands Sexy Beast 2015 and - 2016 Two Hands Gnarly DudesRandy - I've had the pinot as well.  It was $14 here, but fair for the price and drinkable.  By the way is this the Vina Alberdi you were talking about?The 2011 Rioja Reserva Read More

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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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  • Looking forward to visiting next month and holding several vertical tastings featuring a decade of our Shiraz - plus a couple of Shiraz Cabernets and the introduction of our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon from the oldest Cabernet vineyard in the world. Cheers, James Hall GM - Brothers in Arms Vineyards, Langhorne Creek, South Australia

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  • One day I'll get around to visiting!

    Comment by 465819lovemevino45 465819 lovemevino45


  • I also have some 1979 Shiraz

    Comment by 344333Bobbie N Lancaster 344333 Bobbie N Lancaster


  • I uncorked a bottle of Renmano Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Red Table wine Bin 480-1978, Chairman's Selection, and was amazed at the bouquet and the taste. After letting it breathe my guest really enjoyed it. I cannot find a site that has any information about the aged Australian wine.

    Comment by 344333Bobbie N Lancaster 344333 Bobbie N Lancaster


  • I like the above it is good from my side and the things which have been mentioned are perfect and not require any further addition. Tia Smith Sydney Flights

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  • fully, go ozz mate

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