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

  • Andrew Peace Wines

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

  • 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 ...

  • Beresford Estate

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

  • Jacob's Creek

    In 1847, a young Bavarian immigrant called Johann Gramp missed the wine he used to drink in hi...

  • 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

  • Kilikanoon Shiraz Killerman's Run 2012

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    One of my favorites from down under. Kilikanoon is a long time quality producer and I can get them at a reasonable price. Lush fruit, velvety and succulent this traps the drinker into sip after sip. Mellow tannins marry well spice and the acidity to give a full and dynamic finish. 2 in a row from Aussie land. Well done - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Red Knot Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    This was really good for the price point. Plenty of blackberry and Damson plum, wood, chocolate and chewy tannins combined with juicy acidity give a better than average everyday drinking experience - which is exactly what you could do at this price. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... Bin ... Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia*/***2013 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz South Australia*/*** Italy:2012 Campo alla Sughera "Adeo" Bolgheri DOC2010 Casanova di Neri "Pietradonice" Toscana France:2012 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion***2015 Labégorce, Marga... Read More

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  • Red Knot Cabernet Sauvignon Mclaren Vale Australia 2011

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    Purchased at Trigg's Cellar 70. This was really good for the price point. Plenty of blackberry and Damson plum, wood, chocolate and chewy tannins combined with juicy acidity give a better than average everyday drinking experience - which is exactly what you could do at this price. Drink now - Paul 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz Barossa 2012

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    Whew - did the pepper ever come out as this sat. Kinda took over. The fruit was typical of JCRS, as was the coffee, cocao and that Barossa dirt - the extent of the spice would has handled any Spnish, Mexican, burger or pizza food offerings out there. Just a little less and this would have been a 91. Drink now - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Ferngrove Off-Dry Riesling Frankland River 2015

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    Aromatic aromas of petrol and tea leaf with delicate peach and green apple up front. Carries a definite touch of sweetness in the mouth with loads of puckering acidity and lemon flavors, more petrol notes, white grape and a tropical finish with more lemon pith and some melon notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hardys Nottage Hill Shiraz Australia ϼ Australia ϼ 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by leahjewell


  • Penley "Phoenix" Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Well done with plenty of dark berry fruits complimented by cherries. Spice and peppery notes accompany the Coonawarra minerality as does the slight nuances of smoky oak. Well put together this could sit for another 2-3 years if properly stored. A refreshing, lingering finish is your reward, as is another sip. Drink or hold - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2010

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    The fruit is fresh and the nose and palate are alive. Blackberry, dark cherry, blueberry with mocha, oak, vanillin from oak, good spice and pepper notes lead to a juicy medium bodied aftertaste that is slightly chewy and lingering. Well done - again. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy 2014

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    Wine review by babyubu1


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