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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 ...

  • Badgers Creek

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

  • The Rothbury Estate

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

  • 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...

  • Oxford Landing

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

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Australia on Snooth

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  • Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley 2012

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    Another solid 2012 down under wine. This had good blueberry, plum, pepper, slight noted mocha and vanilla accents to the chewy tannins and popping acidity. 9(0 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley 2012

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    Wine review by effell


  • I have 30/27/21 year old children and I also gave 30+ under 30's in my team ... ... is plenty of debate in Australia with Beer packaging and virtually all Craft beet is in 330-375ml bottles.Most of the large brewery commercial ranges are the same - however some markets particularly Victoria seem to prefer commercial beer in cans eg Victoria Bi... Read More

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  • Light should not be a problemAmbient temperature range is biggest issue - ... ... in California and most of Australia so active cooling is required&nbs Read More

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  • Politics is intriguing and US politics gets plenty of media down in AustraliaWhen Clinton was elected I was doing a lot of work for a local business that was bought out by a Houston based companyNeedless to say the Execs from the Parent were true blue republicans and considered Clinton's election to be the end of modern civilisation, and the who... Read More

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  • I did not know the Queen's birthday [I take it that you mean her official ... ... was a public holiday in Australia because it is not in Britain.However it is celebrated by way of the 'Trooping of the Colour' ceremo Read More

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  • I am now inspired as we have a long weekend in most of Australia this weekend as we celebrate the Queen's Birthday.  Yes QE2 is technically still the Queen of Australia which does rile us republicans a bit but it probably does not impact much reallyAnyway my fearless leader has allocated/delegated/designated that I am in charge of cooking Sunday... Read More

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  • Peter Lehmann Clancy's Barossa 2014

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    Excellent coloration of dark cherry, hints of ruby and tinges of purple around the edging. Aromas and flavors are deep, with rustic spice, black fruits/currant and some oakiness on the finish, with slight boozy heat. Smooth mouthfeel and a finish that is dry and reasonably clean. I recommend this one and feel that it is a good representation ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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