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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Best's Late Harvest Muscat 2005


    Pours a golden yellow color....this has deepened considerably since I first bought this bottle! Initial aromas that are floral, quickly followed by smells of peach, apricots, pears, and subtle grape sweetness. Flavors follow suit nicely with robust sweetness that doesn't overpower the palate and is clean on the finish, yet overall this is crea... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • The Stump Jump Riesling-Sauvignon Blanc-Marsanne 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1

  • The Stump Jump Riesling 2012


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    Wine review by Ennis1

  • De Bortoli Db Family Selection Chardonnay 2013


    Nectarine, pear and meyer lemon on the nose. Blades of grass on the palate deliver astringent yellow fruit flavors. Lemon drops galore. Marmalade and honeysuckle finish it up, fast and furious. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Mcwilliam's Hanwood Estate Sparkling Shiraz 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Rohit Thomas

  • Preece Shiraz 2009


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    Wine review by Rohit Thomas

  • Lindeman's Pinot Grigio Bin 85 2014


    The wine is a classic, very light coloration so typical of a Pinot Grigio. The nose exhibits lovely aromas of pear, rose petals and a bit of apple blossom. The taste is quite refreshing, with lovely crisp fruit up front, pear, apple and white grapefruit that transition to some nice earthy elements of iron, peat and granite. The finish is quit... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Tulloch Shiraz Private Bin Pokolbin Dry Red 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by woolfepac

  • De Bortoli Estate Grown Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2014


    Cooked peach, light lemon and green apple on the nose with a whiff of hazelnut. Smooth and almost silky in the mouth, with candied lemon peel and tart limeade up front and finishing with butterscotch. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Sleeping Dog Lies Shiraz Cabernet Western Australia 2005


    Did youngish where you can get this after the same bottle plus some Read More

    Wine review by nolagirl123

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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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