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"...

  • 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...

  • 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 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

  • McWilliam's Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Jamiesons Run

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

  • Robert Oatley Vineyards

    The Robert Oatley Vineyards winery is the Mudgee region’s largest and most technologically adv...

  • Tatachilla Winery

    Tatachilla has been a part of McLaren Vale since vines were first planted over 100 years ago. Tod...

  • Rosemount Estates

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

  • Hardy's

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Beresford Chardonnay McLaren Vale 2013

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    Nicely herbal and slightly hot aromas of green apple and sweet lemon. This is spicy and zesty in the mouth with bold lemon and grapefruit notes, fresh green apple and a hint of tart herbal character towards the finish that has good length and subtle oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Peter Lehmann's "clancy'S" Red Blend C/S/M 2011

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    A real joy to drink. Full bodied but not over bearing with plenty of black and blue berry fruits. spice, some pepper, chocolate and earthy tones couple with medium tannins and well balanced acidity. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Beresford Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013

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    Dark and creamy with baking spice and black currant aromas and vanilla bean spice on the nose. This is brightly powerful and fruity on entry with explosive ripe cherry and cranberry in the mouth, a touch of herb and a clump of earth coming through the mid palate and good tannic structure on the finish. Refreshing and full flavored selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Peter Lehmann "Portrait" Shiraz Barossa 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Milton Park Shiraz 2009

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    Nose of oak and pepper. Sweet berries and spices, with a slight chocolate finish. Bit too cloying. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kangarilla Road Shiraz 'devil's Whiskers' Mclaren Vale 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by eaglebass


  • Everyone visiting Australia needs to visit one of South Australia's internationally acclaimed wine regions. SA is the country's largest producer of wine and is home to some of the finest food and wine experiences. Check out one of the local makers in the Adelaide Hills or visit one of the larger producers in the Barossa Valley like Jacob's Creek... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australia wine tours


  • That's all fine and welcome to the site! There are many fine wines that you can enjoy (and that I do enjoy) without paying a fortune! What was the Sauvignon Blanc?If you like those, people can recommend a lot of them and you might be interested in trying some from different countries just to compare - they make them in New Zealand, Italy, Spain,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Layer Cake Shiraz South Australia 2014

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    I have never tried a Shiraz or Syrah before. Since I have consumed "Layer Cake's" cabernet & found it to be superior to many other wines, I decided to take a chance w/ their 2014 Shiraz.Very, Very nice and smooth, yet full bodied. Definitely try again. Read More

    Wine review by Omega1Man


  • Thorn Clarke Mount Crawford Eden Valley Riesling 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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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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