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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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 ...

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • The Colonial Estate

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

  • Maglieri

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Oxford Landing

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

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  • Repeat Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011


    Great QPR on this Chard, Sauv Blanc, Semillon blend from Australia. The chardonnay shines thru with a hint of the tart sauv blanc and a bit of roundness added by the semilon. Nice mouth feel, medium acidity and a medium finish. Tasty and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Australian Bush Sauvignon Blanc NV


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Yalumba Sauvignon Blanc Y Series South Australia 2013


    Cut grass and hints of poblano chilies greet the nose followed by lemon and pineapple fruit. This is bright and zesty in the mouth with just a hint of trapped CO2 adding a little prickle on the tongue. the flavors are quite pure in this refreshing style with soft notes of slightly creamy pink grapefruit pith and lime blending on the palate and l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fox - the Gigondas is fine but I don't want you to go through all that and ... theme for the weekend. Napa, Australia and France. I won't be able to get to storage in time to get anything from somewhere else.OT - thanks for the weather forecast. What is the temp differential btw day and night in your area? If it stays in the 70s or even the 60... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

  • We had a couple of fellow wine lovers (Debbie & Rick) over for a most ... ... Bortoli Sparking Shiraz from Australia.  We had picked this up from the Crystal City Wine Shop last week; I liked it but I don't think our friends enjoyed it.  It was convenient to sip on as we gave them a tour of our house and in particular our basement wine cellar.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their ... and a sparkler Shiraz from Australia.  Here we purchased four bottles - two of the Pinot Noir, one of the Shiraz and the last one was a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Valley (Lake Sonoma).  You might notice how pretty that label is on the Pinot...V V - Your trip ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Henschke Riesling Eden Valley Peggy's Hill 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Daniel Young

  • bru729 - CT is where the guy who pretty much created the market for Spanish ... countries are Italy, France, Australia, Chile and Argentina. Spain is sixth.So there is a market and there is a lot of Spanish wine in the US. I don't know where you shop that you can't find much.Now, you know a vineyard owner. So do I. So do many people. What does... Read More

    Forum post in the topic importing Spanish Wine

  • In honor of the original 13 states, I had an Australian Shiraz. But that was weird because who in the original 13 ever heard of Australia? So I opened a California Cab, but California was under Spanish rule at the time so that didn't really feel right either. However, it worked out with the carne asada that I was grilling, so I figured I'd be al... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Independence day

  • Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose 2013


    Quite intense on the nose with early aromas of crushed stone followed by wild flower and wild strawberry fruit that shows a hint of greenness. Acid driven on the palate, and light and fresh in the mouth with just a hint of glycerin richness adding some contour to the juicy core of red berry fruit. Not terribly complex, though some herb and earth... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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