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 »

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • Maglieri

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

  • Three Wishes

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

  • The Colonial Estate

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

  • 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 ...

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Australia on Snooth

  • Maybe with all the Snoothers retiring you should organise a trip to Australia and we D down from Japan and do Aussie wine road trip Read More

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  • We do get that here in Australia for around AUD15-20I have tried it and not a bad drink for the price Read More

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  • Stephen, if you mean Australia, we were there a long time ago, as in 1998.  That's before we drank wine though. Read More

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  • BTW, any comments on these: the wines, the vintages and the indicated prices? Australia/New Zealand CollectionJamsheed, Syrah, Helasville "Hill Paddock Vineyard" 2010  $45/5,000 JPYPenfolds GSM Bin 138-Old Vines, Barossa Valley $440/4,500 JPYVasse Felix, Shiraz, Margaret River, 2000 $30/3,100 JPYTin Shed, Shiraz, Barossa Valley "Single Wire Vine... Read More

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  • Round 4 - and now for all of my Snooth US colleagues - the US setFirstly - if I ... guys are not the cheapest in Australia but if they are the distributor then I am stuck with themMatthiasson Oak Knoll 2012Certainly a very powerful CS which certainly was more in the cherry flavour range with some good oak treatment - really would like to see th... Read More

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  • Round 2 - 4 x AussiesExcellent Group of winesThe Cullen is from Margaret River in Western Australia - a biodynamic wine [not that i particularly have a view on these techniques] Cullen is a CS 87 Merlot 11 Malbec 1 CF 1 BlendObviously too young to be at itsbest but the fruit and tannin structure delivers an outstanding young wine which will age ... Read More

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  • 19 Crimes the Banished Dark Red South Eastern Australia 2016

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  • Definitely agree with the basic premise on use of words such as Reserve Premium ... ... "froth" in Australia for as long as I remember.To me the only real test is how often you you back and but a particular wine because you enjoy it and its price reflects your own take on "value" - particularly if you have had positive experiences across many ... Read More

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  • Al - it means nothing legally in the US. Jess Jackson made himself a ... wines ... wines from Argentina, Chile, Australia and elsewhere.In Europe, it means something different in each location. So a reserve Barolo has nothing to do with a reserve Rioja. And because the requirement in Rioja has to do with aging, people are making non-reserve wi... Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... ... $1,330/148,000 JPY Australia/New Zealand CollectionJamsheed, Syrah, Helasville "Hill Paddock Vineyard" 2010  $45/5,000 JPYPenfolds GSM Bin 138-Old Vines, Barossa Valley $440/4,500 JPYVasse Felix, Shiraz, Margaret River, 2000 $30/3,100 JPYTin Shed, Shiraz, Barossa Val... Read More

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  • 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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