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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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

  • Marlargo Wines

    The home of Marlargo Wines is located at the base of the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia's most ...

  • The Colonial Estate

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

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Matthew Lang

    Hi  l have found this bottle unopened not sure about quality of wine but if you were interested...

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Australia on Snooth

  • Plaga Cabernet Sauvignon NV

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    sweet berry nose; young with some fruits and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Artisan Chardonnay 2014

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    nose of morning dew, melon and rosemary; savoury with slight pepper spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • I have actually missed not being on the Snooth forums for some years, not sure ... am located in Adelaide South Australia and home is only an hour from the Barossa Valley and 45 mins from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills is on my doorstep.As an interesting intro back into the forum world, my daughter has just turned 21 and we have her party... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time to return


  • Hardys Varietal Range Merlot 2015

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and do not not know where my ... ... of the large and well known Australian wine houses.I started the bottle last night with my supper of sausages and mash and I did enjoy it.There is quite an intense blackcurrant style fruit there with a spicy finish and soft but well structured tannins. This was a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Half Mile Creek Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia 2014

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    Light red fruit aromas - bright cherry and raspberry. A touch herbal in the mouth with more red fruit flavors of tart cranberry and soft cherry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paracombe Shiraz Sommerville 2002

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    dewy, fruity nose, filled with berries; rather sweet, with a bit of spice undertones. nice! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • A&r Shiraz Viognier 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. A deep opaque Garnet Red in the Glass. Not a big nose, but opens with a mint and roasted cherry/cranberry; a bit of brown sugar, herbs, pepper, and tomato leaf. Medium soft mouthfeel; minimal tannins with more black & white pepper, leather, and tobacco. Opens a bit more and then cherry plum. Though a bit thinner t... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Clonakilla Shiraz Hilltops 2013

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    rich fruits with a tinge of oak and spice Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kanga Reserve Shiraz Se Ausl

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    This genuinely smooth blend is ideal for all occasions, its so smooth you can hardly tell its running down your throat. Read More

    Wine review by KaitlynSteers


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