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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Maglieri

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Marlargo Wines

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

  • Pirramimma Winery

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

  • 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...

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Australia on Snooth

  • Coldstream Hills Deer Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Vic 2015

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    Grown at 1200' and aged in 50% new oak puncheons. From a "perfect" vintage. You ... at 2016 IPNC Master Class, Australia: Pinot noir in the Antipode Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Pinot Noir 2014

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    A lively young wine from a cool vintage. Grown at about 400', south facing. ... at IPNC 2016 Master Class, Australia: Pinot Noir in the Antipode Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Mac Forbes Wines Yarra Junction 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Jen Pfeiffer the Hero Shiraz 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. A viscous dark red purple ink in the Glass. Opens with Leather, Mushrooms, and damp forest earth & tomato Leaf; then on to a bit of honeyed brown sugar and ripe cherry plum; then fertile earth, blueberry plum. Big round mouth-feel; surprisingly tame with soft tannins, but bright and zingy acidity. Becomes mo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Milton Park Shiraz 2009

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    Nose of oak and pepper. Sweet berries and spices, with a slight chocolate finish. Bit too cloying. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kangarilla Road Shiraz 'devil's Whiskers' Mclaren Vale 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... pioneering wines from Italy, Australia, Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, Santa Barbara and Stag's Leap. Read more about each wine below and watch videos about each of these wines at http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/events/the-generous-pour-wine-tasting . The Restaurant: The Capital Grille Wall Str... Read More

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  • Yellowtail Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Very prominent blackberry tart and dark berry and plum jam on the nose, high tannin, dark chocolate on the palate. Dark rose color. Needs a good decanting. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Everyone visiting Australia needs to visit one of South Australia's internationally acclaimed wine regions. SA is the country's largest producer of wine and is home to some of the finest food and wine experiences. Check out one of the local makers in the Adelaide Hills or visit one of the larger producers in the Barossa Valley like Jacob's Creek... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australia wine tours


  • That's all fine and welcome to the site! There are many fine wines that you ... Spain, France (its home), Australia, Chile, South Africa, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, New York, Washington, California, and elsewhere. And the good news is that they're usually on the less expensive side, even for the good ones. It could be a fun little projec Read More

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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

    Comment by 482782Brothers in Arms 482782 Brothers in Arms


  • 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

    Comment by 332904Sydney Flights 332904 Sydney Flights


  • sik

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  • fully, go ozz mate

    Comment by 305300tabledancer 305300 tabledancer


  • yeah, its the grouse.

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