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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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

  • Badgers Creek

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

  • 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...

  • Hardy's

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

  • The Rothbury Estate

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

  • Maglieri

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

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Australia on Snooth

  • Vv - yes you are correct Now to find it in Australia Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • MJ - There was no general agreement that one particular wine was a favorite. ... ... a few Shiraz wines from Australia; sounds like you found a nice on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Hope Estate Family Vineyards the Ripper Shiraz Western Australia 2013

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    Dense blackberry aromas with a bit of heat, fresh cinnamon spice, and cherry jam. Bold, buoyant and expressive in the mouth with an immediate pop of fruit, blackberry and dry cherry which slides into a rich, earthy mid palate that carries some dark tannin, preserved black olive and eucalyptus. Finishes with good length. Read More

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  • Haven't seen Cascabel for a while - some of the wineries are doing export ... and are their importers into Australia.Dean Hewitson makes some great wines - his sons play Aussie football with mineTorbreck is intersting, they are owned by Peter Kight who is a Californian "billionaire" from the Dot Com era. He owns Quivira which is in Healdsburg ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Stephen - Since 2007 I have I have purchased at least 269 bottles of Aussie ... ... Fleurieu Peninsula South Australia 2006.  Have you ever seen it.  I haven't seen it stateside in 7-8 year Read More

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  • Thanks for the early report, Stephen. So many regions across such a wide geographical area!Look forward to hearing more as the harvests progress. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Early Vintage Outlook Australia


  • GregI think we often think of new varieties outside of their traditional ... ... also my experience here in Australia as I said in the Pinot thread is that it takes time to work out if the site and clone selection are the best option.Many Aussie winemakers are trying Nebbiolo and Sangiovese as certain regions appear have the right soil and wea... Read More

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  • The Weather is creating many challenges at the moment across Australia as VIntage has just got underway with some early Sparkling Base whites being pickedHeavy weekend rain - over 25-50ml [1-2 inches fell across most of southern Austalia.. This and some other conditions is creating splitting and disease pressure and Sunday was a very high downy ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Early Vintage Outlook Australia


  • Thanks - sounds like a Barolo might be the best option1987 was very ordinary here in AustraliaRivalled only by 1995 and 2011 [excluding Western Australia] Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need Help


  • Stephen, just checked my spreadsheet and filtered on "Australia", here are Australian wines I've purchased in the last 6-7 years, nothing on the high end, mostly everyday drinkers:Greenpoint ChardonnayElderton Barossa, Franceiends Vineyard SeriesEvans & Tate Chardonnay Metricup RoadRock Gully Shiraz ViognierHope Estate ChardonnayJip Jip Rocks Ch... 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

    Comment by 304999ozfixie 304999 ozfixie


  • fully, go ozz mate

    Comment by 305300tabledancer 305300 tabledancer


  • yeah, its the grouse.

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