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

  • Penfolds Wines

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

  • Hardy's

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

  • Château Reynella

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

  • Maglieri

    Maglieri has long set the benchmark for winemaking in McLaren Vale, enjoying both national and in...

  • McWilliam's Wines Pty Ltd

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

  • Pirramimma Winery

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Hunter gets the direct impact of monsoonal stuffSouth Australia - Barossa/Mclaren Vale and Clare has been just some untimely heavy falls around critical ripening periods for reds resulting in damage to fruit as well as bad disease conditionsThis has not been helped by lower than usual temperatures which in absence of the rain would have been gre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Early Vintage Outlook Australia


  • Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz 2015

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    I agree with Lindemans about the coloration....heavy purple with cranberry tinges in the light and nice clarity! Aromas that contain cassis, black figs/plum, hints of smokey oaked vanilla and a smooth. The flavors follow suit, with deep Earthy fruits, and a bite of spice.....very nice! The mouthfeel is well rounded, smooth and has a rich body... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Monsoons spreading south? Is this all across the entire island-continent, or just particular regions? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Early Vintage Outlook Australia


  • So any updates, Stephen?Have heard good things about harvest in the Cape winelands in South Africa, though so far its just unsubstantiated scuttlebutt about Constantia...  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Early Vintage Outlook Australia


  • Margan Shiraz 2014

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    nose was strongly oaked, with chocolate undertones; however it was sour... but that seemed like a natural sourness and not due to overbreathe... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Margan Chardonnay 2016

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    grass and nectar nose; citrus, pineapples, honey and some buttery fats Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Dandelion Vineyards Lioness of Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2014

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    nose of dark fruits, inky; initial spiced attack to bright red cherries, maple and chocolates. nice! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kilikanoon Shiraz Parable 2003

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    nose of mint, cool limestone; strong blackberry flavors and some spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Dandelion Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2012

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    some underlying sweetness and fruits, while mainly spice dominated Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 19 Crimes Red 2016

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by calywa


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