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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • Andrew Peace Wines

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

  • Beresford Estate

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

  • Shirvington

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

  • Penfolds Wines

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

  • McWilliam's Wines Pty Ltd

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Elderton E Series Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia 2014

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    Thick and richly spiced aromas of bold black currant and blackberry with dusty dark cacao notes and wisps of smoke. A bit candied on the palate with bold cherry syrup notes, smoky spice coming up towards the finish with a medicinal cough lozenge note throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Going to a Cabernet Degustation next WednesdayThe Wine line upAustralia  Cullen Diana Madeline 2015 98 Points - Gary Walsh The Wine FrontMount Mary Quintet 2014 96+ Points - Gary Walsh The Wine FrontRockford 'Rifle Range' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 94 Points - Gary Walsh The Wine FrontLakes Folly 2014 95+ Points - Gary Walsh The Wine Front USA  Mat... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Aussie Pinot NoirBest RegionsAdelaide Hills - South AustraliaMornington Peninsula - SE of Melbourne VicYarra Valley - NE of Melbourne VictoriaGeelong - SW of Melbourne VictoriaTasmaniaSome abberations from Macedon Ranges North of Melbourne, Beechworth NNE of Melbourne and Gippsland East of Melbourne My Favourite MakersAdelaide HillsAshton Hills ... Read More

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  • Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Rawson's Retreat 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Banrock Station Shiraz 2015

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    Nice purple/burgundy coloration and the clarity of this is modest, with suspended particles throughout. Aromas that lean towards the sweet side....strawberry, vanilla, smooth oak and tinges of booze waft gently into the nostrils. The flavors are smooth and mellow, with more strawberry, cherry, and even some blueberry pie in terms of sweetness.... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Lindeman's Shiraz Cabernet Bin 55 2015

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by btnc916


  • Hopwood Masters' Reserve 2004

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    This has a huge purple tones with cranberry edges around the rim and although opaque, it has nice clarity. The aromas are port like in the fact that there are raisin qualities, plum, dark cherry, fortified alcohol etc....the flavors follow suit and I feel that it is dark, and of dried fruits....it really reminds me of an LBV. Very smooth mouth... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz 2014

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    Medium bodied and showing pepper, plum and some dark berry fruits. Vanilla and anise round ot the palate. Easy drinking and good for short term cellaring. 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


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