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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Three Wishes

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

  • Maglieri

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

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • Marlargo Wines

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

  • The Rothbury Estate

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

  • 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

  • Lindeman's Shiraz Bin 50 2013

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    Delicious deep cassis mouth feel dark and ruby red flavor. Overpowering wine aromas with smooth well balanced tannins. Long lasting satisfaction. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Three Rings 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sheraz123


  • Strong Arms Shiraz 2007

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    fresh and cool, full body wine and fruity aroma,nice wine Read More

    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • From wine-searcher's article on Australian wine companies operating in China:"Wine forgeries are helped by an industry of importers, distributors and bottle scavengers who on-sell empty premium wine bottles to be copied or re-used. Wine Australia marketing general manager Stuart Barclay confirmed high-end wine labels were smashing their bottles,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Same Wine, Different Labels


  • Hi - My name is Belinda from Australia.  I have a veuve clicquot ponsardin la grande dame 1998, complete in it's box with the little booklet inside.  Will this be OK to drink now do you think?   - any advice will be great.  Thanks ! Belinda Read More

    Forum post in the topic veuve clicquot ponsardin la...


  • Penney's Hill Red Dot Big Block Mclaren Vale Australia Shiraz 2013

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    wonderful Shiraz, so delightful and smooth and oaked very well allowing one to fight the urge to stop at one glass/bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Rosemount Estate White Blend Traminer/Riesling 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by davidgarkie


  • Greg Norman Australia Estates Shiraz 2012

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    I have a sinus infection so take this review for what it worth. Drank this over three days. I was surprised this wine leaned to a more old world style with limited fruit on the nose and palate, it was a bit herbaceous. It has a good level of acidity and mildly tannic on the finish. Not bad but nothing I'm likely to seek out. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Red - one of the problems with recs for places like World Market and Total Wine ... ... than perhaps Shiraz from Australia, it is often cheaper than Pinot Noir these days. Moreover, proportionately, from my experience, your chances of finding a good one are better than they are with many other grapes. It comes in many styles, but for me it's be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


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