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"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Château Reynella

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

  • The Colonial Estate

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

  • Andrew Peace Wines

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

  • Hardy's

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

  • A to Z Winery

    A to Z Wineworks' partnership blends unique skills. Bill Hatcher brought an extensive background...

  • Beresford Estate

    When you open a bottle of Beresford wine you are sharing the hard work, skills, experience, creat...

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Hi, I am a big fan of Chacra and Noemia from the south and Colome in the north of Argentina. All three are world class. Regarding Australia, the most interesting places to start would be Clare Valley, Yarra Valley and Margaret River - all cool climate regions making terroir driven, full flavored but balanced wines.Enjoy!  Read More

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  • Mcwilliam's Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2007

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    This well-priced aged, oaked Semillon from the Hunter Valley in NSW is in an older style, but remains its delicious self; for an 8-year old wine, there is a bright, wildflower nose with a hint of dandelion - very inviting. On the palate we receive a hefty dose of lanolin and wood (but not of the dull variety) with pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Evans & Tate Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Redbrook 2010

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    Toasted almond and dark chocolate on the nose with bunches of dark fruit - blackberry and black cherry and bramble fruit. In the mouth its more red fruit focused with red currant and raspberry, vanilla and a touch of cranberry with a fair bit of tobacco and leather - good structure and a fine finish of cinnamon and oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • De Bortoli Sparkling Brut NV

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    Light lemon aromas. Quite tart in the mouth mostly driven by the lemon lime flavors and tartness. The minerality on entry leads into some more smoky biscuit character and a simple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cool Woods Eden Valley Pinot Noir 2008

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    2013 review. This is a nice wine for the price. It is a bit more tart than most pinots but not overly so that you're puckering your lips. I taste the spiced cherry notes more than anything. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Mollydooker Verdelho the Violinist 2013

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Two Hands Wines Shiraz Angels Share Mclaren Vale 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Yellow Tail Shiraz 2009

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    Mostly spicy, slightly sweet, with a smooth vanilla finish. Not high brow, but like all Yellow Tail wines, this offbeat wine is good for everyday drinking. Read More

    Wine review by fraukeiser


  • Captain Cook Cabernet/Shiraz 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by KarenQKQ


  • Mollydooker Two Left Feet 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


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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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