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

  • Château Reynella

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

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • Penfolds Wines

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

  • The Colonial Estate

    World’s End is the culmination of over 15 years of winemaking in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux and the ...

  • Tatachilla Winery

    Tatachilla has been a part of McLaren Vale since vines were first planted over 100 years ago. Tod...

  • A to Z Winery

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • 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...

  • Penfolds "Shiraz Mourvedre Bin 2" South Eastern Australia 2008


    ok Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Grange is great, however I have been lucky enough to attend tastings where it ... (esp Southern Tasmanian), South Australian in 08 (but not 11) or Granite Belt,Qld in 08 (but not 1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay Barossa Valley/Eden Valley Blanc 2011


    Super light. Sour, harsh end notes Read More

    Wine review by Maija987

  • Langmeil 'Valley Floor' Shiraz 2010


    Over sweet nose...astringent aftertaste that sinks the underlying positive aspects which could have made a nice bottle. Read More

    Wine review by flyinggrapes

  • Tokaj is in the Zemplén mountains, which abut the Carpathians. They're ancient volcanos. It's all about mountains there.All of the great vineyards are on hills. Eger is a mountain city. It's hard to find flat areas there even if you wanted to. Somló is also on extinct volcanos. Sopron is close to Burgenland in Austria. It's more hilly than mount... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?

  • D – yeah but there are lots of things people have thought for many years that may or may not be strictly accurate. What exactly is it that taproots do? The quotations don't really say so let’s think about it.First, as mentioned before, the main root mass, no matter where the vines are grown, is going to be in the top layers of the soil. Vines th... Read More

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