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

  • Hardy's

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Oxford Landing

    Established in 1958 by Wyndam Hill Smith, the vineyard is situated on the banks of the Murray ...

  • The Rothbury Estate

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

  • 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...

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  • Sidewood Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2013

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    Peach aromas with some phenolics and a bit of green apple. Buoyant and bright in the mouth - this has incredibly powerful fruit with peach and apricot and melon notes, and a zesty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2013

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    Grown at about 250' in a warmer year. Lovely dried cherry notes with bright ... at IPNC 2016 Master Class, Australia: Pinot noir in the Antipodes Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • 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


  • Big wines from Australia, especially the Shiraz, are some of my favorites!

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  • Hi guys, I just joined up, and thought I would support my countries wines! Looking forward to chatting to everyone :) Adam.

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