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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Three Wishes

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

  • Marlargo Wines

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

  • Badgers Creek

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

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • 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

  • Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz NV

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    Didn't know what it was going to be...so it was a real treat and with ripe fruit - blackberry and plum - sweet dark cherry tannins, slight oak and pepper, not much on the tannins - aren't needed here - and bright acidity. Well done - drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz NV

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    Wine review by effell


  • Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz NV

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  • Shoofly Shiraz South Australia 2014

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    Full bodied and drinking above it's price point this shows black berry, anise, pepper, dusty earth and fresh florals. Framed with medium tannins and good acidity this popping and good - 89 points - drink now -Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Thanks PaulIts a very good summary and exactly in line from what I here in ... ... 50% of global wine productionAustralia sits around the 4-5% mark and I think the US is in the 6-7%Not that long ago Gallo produced more wine than Oz in total&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australian Wine Exports


  • Schild Estate Shiraz 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • I have a friend in China that was the WSET Wine Educator of the Year 2016 - is ... ... to hear from you! Australian imports to China are significant and China is now Australia’s largest export market in terms of value (with the UK being most important for volume):https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/07/china-the-us-lead-australian-wine-expo... Read More

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... of ... Domaine 2011 South Australia Sauvignon Blanc  |  2 in stock  |  $19.99 Lucci, Domaine 2014 Adelaide Hills Syrah  |  3 in stock  |  $29.99 Lucci, Domaine 2014 South Australia Wildman Range Red Blend   |  3 in stock  |  $24.99 Lucci - Lucy Margaux 2014 Adel... Read More

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  • Dreamtime Riverina Australia 'Winemakers Blend' 2015

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    the Shiraz and Cab-Sab does a good job of mellowing the Merlot including time in the Oak. very drinkable and pleasant to the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • My wife is quite a food fan and watches lots of food lifestyle programmesLast ... with such equipment here in Australia but most of it is used in the lower price end of the market as well as those experimenting with producing low alcohol [7-10%] wines.&nbs 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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