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

  • The Colonial Estate

    World’s End is the culmination of over 15 years of winemaking in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux and the ...

  • The Rothbury Estate

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

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • Maglieri

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

  • 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...

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Australia on Snooth

  • Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Chardonnay 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Pfeiffer Wines Pinot Noir 2007

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    The tags show Pfeiffer being an Australian winery. It is not. we live a few miles from the Pfeiffer winery in Oregon and visit there regularly. The tags should read US > Oregon > Willamette Valley. Read More

    Wine review by howardbandy


  • 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Not bad for a supermarket wine. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Saddleworth Hills Shiraz Reserve 2013

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    Another one from Vino Volo. Their description card seemed appropriate. 'Boysenberry & Smoked Meats...notes of boysenberry, licorice, smoked meats, and forest floor. Palate of blackberry, black plum, dried herbs, and pepper'. Ok little wine, most likely would not drink it again. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Meadowhawk South Eastern Australia Shiraz-Cabernet 2015

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    A recent Tasting Room selection. Rather nondescript Shiraz-Cabernet. Spicy Plum, Cherry/Plum; Pine/Oak/Plum. Medium High Tannins. There I drank it and finished the Bottle, but wish I had had something better. Forgettable. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Lindemans Bin 99 Pinot Noir 2014

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    A light (13%) very drinkable Pinot Noir. Got what I paid for, hence no revelations to espouse. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2013

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    Another vintage and another darn good wine. Enough fruit, good acidity, soft tannins with a medium length finish. A bit simple but hey what do you want from a $10 wine. Great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier 2013

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    good balance of pepper spices and berries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ministry of Clouds Mataro 2014

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    light wine, but otherwise well balanced between fruits and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 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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