South Australia Wine

South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the country’s wines are produced. Some of the biggest labels originate from this state, from the mass-produced tables wines to rare, highly prized cult bottlings such as Penfolds, Grant Burge and Henschke Hill of Grace. And in a vast range of styles from sparkling to sweet. Due to a successful quarantine against Phylloxera, which hit the east of the country and otherwise devastated Europe, South Australia can boast some of the oldest original vines in the world.

The pride of the region is Shiraz, the signature grape brought over from the Rhone that thrives in many of the area’s microclimates. But each region has its own variation in terroir and weather system, lending to diverse styles and grape-growing trends from the warm, bold, red-driven Barossa and Coonawarra regions to cooler climate, white-producing Clare and Eden valleys.
The regions of South Australia state are:

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Varietals Produced in South 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...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Syrah

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

Subregions of South Australia

  • Mclaren Vale

    John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young labourer named Thomas ...

  • Barossa

    Barossa is a state famous for its production of Shiraz, the signature grape of Australia, and i...

  • Clare Valley ; Mclaren Vale

Popular Wineries in South Australia View all

  • Andrew Peace Wines

    Winery and vineyard on the banks of the Murray River in Victoria.

  • McWilliam's Wines Pty Ltd

    McWilliam's Wines is Australia's Most Awarded Winery, with six generations and more than 130 year...

  • Rosemount Estates

    Rosemount Estate's vision began in the Hunter Valley region of Australia. Though much has chan...

  • Penfolds Wines

      Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. ...

  • Maglieri

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

  • Château Reynella

    Kelly’s Revenge is perfect at the end of a long day. This great new range of Australian wines is ...

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Shoofly Shiraz 2011

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    A very refreshing red thanks to pronounced acidity and mint notes lingering behind a palate of black fruit and earthy tones. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Pikes Riesling Clare Valley Dry 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2005

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    This was the 2012.Had it at lunch at a restaurant. Rather disappointing, seemed like the bottle had set out too long - a rather bitter alcohol burn to it. Will try a full bottle sometime. Supposedly this is a great vintage year. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rose Moscato NV

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    Too sweet Read More

    Wine review by cheins


  • The Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    This is a nice Cabernet, not excellent but nice. Deep berry smell with deep berry taste, sweet taste and with sufficient tannins that let you know they're working well. Good finish letting your palate know that this wine is well balanced. Great price. Needs further time to age to be great. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz Grenache 2011

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    Stemmy and fairly herbal on the nose with aggressive aromas of tar, butchers wax, and cigar ash. A touch round and perhaps just a smidgen sweet on entry, this shows off plenty of acidity in the mouth with wild cherry and slightly nutty and perhaps herb stem tinged flavors on the palate. Its an easy going wine with a very modest finish and jammy ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Penley Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Coonawarra Chertsey 2008

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    wine searcher shows only one source in US Read More

    Wine review by rlapolla


  • Yalumba Viognier South Australia the Y Series 2012

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    A nose of subtropical flowers (even dandelion), smooth and semi-sweet on entry with a hint of stem-like bitterness on the finish (not unusual). A bit too muscular on the flowery elements for some, but a sound wine at a great price. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Golden Grape Estate-Golden Tango Cream Golden Grape Estate Hunter Valley Australia 1998

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    I share this with only the closest of friends. Bought it at a wine tasting and can't find it anywhere. Savor with dark chocolate Read More

    Wine review by Mominator10


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  • I am a South Aussie and Adelaide is a great wine destination, Barossa Valley is 1 hour drive, Clare Valley is a 1.5 hr drive, McLaren Vale is 45 minute Drive, Coonawarra is 4 hour drive and Adelaide Hills is literally a suburb.

    Comment by 220753Stephen Harvey 220753 Stephen Harvey


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