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"...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • A to Z Winery

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

  • McWilliam's Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Shirvington

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

  • Pirramimma Winery

    Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by ...

  • Château Reynella

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

  • Jacob's Creek

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Tyrrell's Brokenback Shiraz 2009


    Something of a pruney nose, but, also, an unfortunate sulphur thing that does not blow off. Very tart on entry. Some raisiny fruit. Then at the rear palate that sulphur thing, Not a terribly sophisticated wine. I'm actually OK with the tartness, but there is no way I could recommend this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Pillar Box Red 2012


    A robust wine that emits blackberry, slight oak, pepper and spice, anise and blueberry on the nose. The palate follows nicely with the blackberry and dark cherry turning slightly sweetish when then tannins push through. Good acidity lends to a full aftertaste that sails. Great wine at a modest price. Built for short term aging this bottling w... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Evans & Tate Big Squeeze Shiraz 2014


    Burgundy colored with grape and/or black cherry juice hues throughout and around the edges....semi opaque. Aromas are somewhat peppery and otherwise very fruit forward....thick ripe berries and some very ripe black fruits too....the finish is of muted cinnamon spice. Flavors are ripe and of soft jammy sweetness....there are hints of the savory... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Jacobs Creek Sweet Red 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by thabob

  • Beresford Chardonnay Mclaren Vale 2013


    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


    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

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


    No written review

    Wine review by jcthomas44

  • Beresford Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2013


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by eaglebass

  • Milton Park Shiraz 2009


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

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

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