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

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Shirvington

    Welcome to Shirvington. Our aim is to grow grapes that produce super-premium, honest wines with f...

  • Rosemount Estates

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

  • Jamiesons Run

    The Jamiesons Run core range consists of the original Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz Merlot and four ...

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • The Colonial Estate

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

  • 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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  • Saddleworth Hills Shiraz Reserve 2013


    Another one from Vino Volo. Their description card seemed appropriate. 'Boysenberry & Smoked Meats...notes of boysenberry, licorice, smoked meats, and forest floor. Palate of blackberry, black plum, dried herbs, and pepper'. Ok little wine, most likely would not drink it again. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Meadowhawk South Eastern Australia Shiraz-Cabernet 2015


    A recent Tasting Room selection. Rather nondescript Shiraz-Cabernet. Spicy Plum, Cherry/Plum; Pine/Oak/Plum. Medium High Tannins. There I drank it and finished the Bottle, but wish I had had something better. Forgettable. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Lindemans Bin 99 Pinot Noir 2014


    A light (13%) very drinkable Pinot Noir. Got what I paid for, hence no revelations to espouse. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2013


    Another vintage and another darn good wine. Enough fruit, good acidity, soft tannins with a medium length finish. A bit simple but hey what do you want from a $10 wine. Great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier 2013


    good balance of pepper spices and berries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Ministry of Clouds Mataro 2014


    light wine, but otherwise well balanced between fruits and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Ministry of Clouds Blewitt Springs Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014


    rich, fruity, plummy, and well balanced with spices. great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Ministry of Clouds Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2015


    so spicy, that unfortunately the spices covered otherwise promising flavors Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Mcwilliam's J.J. Cabernet Merlot 2013


    This is a nice value wine that exemplifies both a deep, slightly spicy dry quality along with a fresh juicy forward approach that is standard for a Merlot. Nice purple-ish/cherry coloration and fruity aromas that are borderline boozy, woody and some cinnamon/peppercorn spice. Decent overall Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

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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.

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