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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Rosemount Estates

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

  • Andrew Peace Wines

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

  • 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 ...

  • Shirvington

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

  • St Hallett Wines

    St Hallet focuses on crafting full-flavoured , textured wines entirely from Barossa fruit.

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Hardys Chardonnay Nottage Hill 2012


    A little cheesy on the nose and offering an early note of quince followed by lots of lemony fruit with a subtle candied edge that picks up vanilla and spice with airing. A touch sweet on entry though with tons of acidity to help keep this fresh and lively in the mouth. Theres a faint dried bay leaf hint of detail in the mouth, and dried lemon to... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wirra Wirra Chardonnay Scrubby Rise Unoaked 2012


    Subtle and complex on the nose with sandy aromas of lime leaves, limes, tangerine and dried apple fruit. Bright, round and a touch sweet in the mouth with flavors of key lime pie and a little sweet underlying apple notes, gaining some pineapple on the backend. Very clean and fresh in the mouth, if a bit simple, and showing just a hint of nutty ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Barossa Valley 2012


    Earthy, twiggy, and savory on the nose with lots of almost herb tinged complexity though not a lot of fruit. Bright, lean and fresh in the mouth, which is much like the nose: built on savoury complexity though here one also finds subtle caramel oak notes and shades of apples and melon fruit. Its a wine that shows restraint and textural nuance ri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • The original Bastard wine is Kaesler Old Bastard from the Barossa Valley, South Australia. The vines were planted in 1893. If you like "Parkerised" wines then this is for you. The 1999 and the 2003 should be just approachable next year, most other years in the late 2020's, and my 2008 lot in 2040. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Yes Emark, baseball is played here in Australia, and the left field is the same as it always is, on the left hand side of the batter. (In Australia we would say "Don't come the raw prawn with me.")Back from the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival and the trendy wine of the show?  2009 Sosta Tre Santi Nicosia IGT Etna Sicilia Nerello Mascale... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Yes, and the Colonials left their vinous legacy to South Africa, Namibia?, Botswana,Angola,Tanzania and Sierra Leone (According to the map.) And of course to Australia (All hail James Busby who brought the vitis vinifera to Australia). Read More

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  • Coorong South Eastern Austrailia Shiraz 2013


    A wonderful flavor, making it surprisingly drinkable and hard to put down. can't imagine what it will be like as it ages. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • They have "left fields" in Australia?  If I showed my U.S.-centricity, I would assume that baseball is played there.  Is that true, or is there a different left field in Australia?  If it does come from baseball, then I have to ask whether right filed and left field are reversed south of the equator? ;-) Read More

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  • Tapanappa Chardonnay Piccadilly Valley Tiers 2008


    Bold, still fruity, with balancing acid, years left to cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Wineogre

  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or perhaps the bottle had been heat affected in transit? Why not try the same winemaker's Prelude Chardonnay? The price will be reasonable, and the fruit more accessible. If you like super premium Chardonnay then Rick Kinzbrunner's Giaconda Estate, Cullen's Kevin John, Mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australian Chardonnay - More...

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