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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Badgers Creek

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

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Australia on Snooth

  • The original Bastard wine is Kaesler Old Bastard from the Barossa Valley, South Australia. The vines were planted in 1893. If you like "Parkerised" wines then this is for you. The 1999 and the 2003 should be just approachable next year, most other years in the late 2020's, and my 2008 lot in 2040. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Yes Emark, baseball is played here in Australia, and the left field is the same as it always is, on the left hand side of the batter. (In Australia we would say "Don't come the raw prawn with me.")Back from the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival and the trendy wine of the show?  2009 Sosta Tre Santi Nicosia IGT Etna Sicilia Nerello Mascale... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Yes, and the Colonials left their vinous legacy to South Africa, Namibia?, ... ... the map.) And of course to Australia (All hail James Busby who brought the vitis vinifera to Australia Read More

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  • Coorong South Eastern Austrailia Shiraz 2013


    A wonderful flavor, making it surprisingly drinkable and hard to put down. can't imagine what it will be like as it ages. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • They have "left fields" in Australia?  If I showed my U.S.-centricity, I would assume that baseball is played there.  Is that true, or is there a different left field in Australia?  If it does come from baseball, then I have to ask whether right filed and left field are reversed south of the equator? ;-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Tapanappa Chardonnay Piccadilly Valley Tiers 2008


    Bold, still fruity, with balancing acid, years left to cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Wineogre

  • Like it Centurion! I think I have tasted the ?sake second from the right in ... ... of Italian food, modern Australian -run by another Indian, a place that does Mexican on a Friday night, and other days just breakfast, lunch, modern Australian, the Takeaway shop on the corner that does Burgers, Fish&chips etc, the Bakery- pies, the odd birthd... Read More

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  • Yes GT, currently the exchange rate is actually in favour of most currencies as ... by the 2013 vintage. So in Australia I bought Bordeaux 2009 and 2010 en Primeur via Langtons and Wine Ark, both of whom are now owned by one of the supermarket duopoly. Because I live in a hot climate, I have to store these wines in climate controlled conditions... Read More

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  • Also, thanks to you for providing the forum replies and the exposure to ... ... very difficult to access in Australi Read More

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  • You should charge Wine Australia! They really haven't done a good job IMO. Every so often they come through with a slew of wines and winemakers but they never follow up. Even worse, they came up with that lame-ass idea a few years ago about regional champions or something of that nature. "Hey! Let's identify some grape with a specific area!" som... Read More

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