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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Matthew Lang

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

  • McGuigan Wines

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

  • Marlargo Wines

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

  • Hardy's

    For over 150 years, Hardys has crafted some of Australia's best-known and most popular wines. Tak...

  • Maglieri

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

  • Jacob's Creek

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

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  • Thorn Clarke Mount Crawford Eden Valley Riesling 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Half Mile Creek Semillon Sauvignon Blanc South Eastern Australia 2014

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    Wooded and raw in the glass with toasted cedar and raw coconut notes amidst more fruit aromas of peach and lemon. This is green and tart in the mouth, with fresh cut grass and lime wedges up front leading in to lemongrass and green melon notes towards the herbed citrus finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Manikay Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012

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    Smokey on the nose with black and red fruits developing with some air. Lots of acid and firm tannins provided a lengthy finish. Drunken blindly, I would of bet this was a Northern Rhone. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz Barossa Valley 2012

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    Wine review by mychalannie


  • Lindemans Bin 80 Cabernet Merlot 2014

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • D'Arenberg "The Stump Jump" Gsm 2008

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    It is rare that I save an $8 bottle of wine for 6+ years. There will be 2 in this tasting. This wine still shows strong fruit after several years of quiet. Excellent tannic structure combines with still active acidity to allow for a wine the shows well with food - red meats - with a healthy mushroom sauce.are called for. Great wine wine making h... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • D'Arenberg "The Stump Jump" Gsm 2008

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • RBA - Never thought you didn't look for good deals, we all probably look ... here it's that.Spain, Australia, Portugal, Chile are where I go generally for those. I am glad I signed up here I've added to my wine knowledge greatly.Paul&nbs Read More

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  • DMCKER - 1. I agree with you about cleaning with phosphates and I did it for ... was primarily true in Japan, Australia (though truth be told some of my best experiences were there in the Navy) generally, certain areas in Italy, France, Spain (my experience there was limited), Portugal was great, as were NZ and England.  Countries that had no ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • RICHARD - I SPENT, INCLUDING U.S. NAVY TIME, 20/21 (72-93) YEARS IN SHIPYARDS ... in the Navy.  Japan, Australia, South America-Chile mostly, Europe - Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and England - those are where I learned about wines. Those places were much different as a civilian.  But that's another story.                                    ... Read More

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