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...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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...

  • Robert Oatley Vineyards

    The Robert Oatley Vineyards winery is the Mudgee region’s largest and most technologically adv...

  • Hardy's

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

  • Jamiesons Run

    The Jamiesons Run core range consists of the original Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz Merlot and four ...

  • Penfolds Wines

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

  • 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

  • Yeah but the problem with dessert wine is that to be good it should also have high acidity. Port and Banyuls and Maury and Malaga and the stickies from Australia don't often have sufficient acidity IMHO, which is why while they're good, as sweet wines I prefer botrytized wines. Were it not for the fact that Garnacha grows best in hot, dry places... Read More

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  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

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  • 19 Crimes Red 2014


    Fruity with light acidity and light tannins on a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Banrock Station Moscato Riverland 2011


    This is my favorite wine Read More

    Wine review by tact1922

  • Thanks guys.  The wines selected are listed in one of the pictures towards ... Bin 28, Shiraz/Syrah from South Australia, 2011.  I had to get up early this morning for a motorcycle ride and now in about an hour we are heading out to Washington DC to attend another Phillips Museum performance.  Sandra is keeping us busy...DV - The 2009 Church an... Read More

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  • Schild Estate Shiraz 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Popmuseum

  • Yalumba Shiraz Viognier Y Series 2012


    Very nice wine. Enough fruit to be interesting, nice acidity, soft tannins and a very pleasant medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Clarendon Hills Grenache Clarendon Old Vines 2006


    Big, fruity, jammy and spice Aussie grenache. Loads of dark fruit, ripe plum, prune and crushed black cherry. There's some nice spicey white pepper, a hint of vanilla, fairly resolved but still noticeable tannins, medium acidity and a long finish. There's plenty going on here but with an overall balance that has this drinking very well now and s... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz Kalima 2012


    The winemaker's notes are accurate. Drinking it in late 2015 to accompany a chicken mole meal. Read More

    Wine review by Thelisa

  • Aramis Shiraz Mclaren Vale Black Label 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by jtfluitt

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