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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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

  • Robert Oatley Vineyards

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

  • Tatachilla Winery

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

  • Beresford Estate

    When you open a bottle of Beresford wine you are sharing the hard work, skills, experience, creat...

  • Penfolds Wines

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

  • Oxford Landing

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

  • Maglieri

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Boxhead Shiraz 2011


    Raw wood greets the nose, effusive and abruptly covering anything else this might have to offer other than some subtle floral notes. Soft on entry and nice round if small in the mouth with an attractive core of red strawberry and wild cherry fruit. The wood is here but not nearly as intrusive as on the nose. Soft and easy drinking, this does pi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Shiraz. Oxford Landing 2012


    Sweet, savory and floral on the nose with very attractive and classical Syrah aromas. Theres a hint of reduction here lending this a slight rubbery edge but as that blows off the violet, white pepper, and plum aromas become more dominant, though some clumsy oak also adds to the bouquet. A bit soft in the mouth, this is quite rich and smoothly t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Greg Norman Shiraz 2010


    A bit obviously oaky on the nose with chocolate covered pomegranate aromas along with some exotic floral spice notes dominating the nose. Smooth and rich, if even a bit lean in the mouth. Theres some lovely sour cherry flavors here along with the chocolate covered pomegranate found on the nose all laid out over fairly well integrated vanilla a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve 2010


    Snowing some evolution on the nose this reveals hints of tobacco quite quickly followed by white floral notes, hints of cedar, some soil tones, a hint of rare beef and slightly stewy strawberry and black cherry fruits. Smooth in the mouth and quite polished with supple tannins and acidity that just barely peeks out through the delicate gauze of ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • St Kilda Shiraz 2012


    Brushy and slightly herbal on the nose with faint aromas of red fruits and smoky oak lending this some aromatic complexity. A touch sweet at first, then quite bright and rather lightly textured in the mouth. this is a decidedly fresh and juicy Shiraz with red fruit, cafe au lait notes from the oak, and all that brushy herbal goodness from the no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Penfolds Shiraz Koonunga Hill South Australia 2012


    Decidedly violet toned on the nose with a touch of passionfruity spiciness accenting the pepper core of black plum and basalt toned nose that gains vanilla and smoke top notes with air. fascinating in the mouth. texturally this is smooth and almost a bit dull on the palate with a base of woody, nutty flavors that keeps this low on the palate but... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • The only purely Gallo wine I ever truly liked was their 'Hearty Burgundy' in my college days.And they used some really good grapes for that once in a while. Grapes that now go to high-end wine. Farmed differently of course, but that was a pretty good effort actually. First wine I ever drank too, other than what my parents would have - usually Ri... Read More

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  • Wirra Wirra Church Block Mclaren Vale 2012


    Minty and leathery on the nose with plenty of macerated herbal notes and spicy, peppery dark fruit all topped with hints of sassafras. A bit soft on entry, this is a fairly deep and somewhat earthy wine on the palate. theres a nice early note of dried fruit and vanilla followed by leathery, earthy nuances and cherry pit tones on the palate. Not ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Yalumba the Scribbler 2010


    Dark chocolate and tobacco note flood the nose here with black pepper and herbal nuances adding detail to the underlying base of dark, dried fruits all topped with allspice like oak. A touch sweet on entry, this quickly rights itself delivering a rich, powerful mouthful of dark fruit that is well supported by bright acids and fine grained tannin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Little Roo Shiraz


    This is my go-to house wine. Great value for the money. I say it's a "friendly wine" because even non-wine drinkers or white wine drinkers seem to enjoy it. Read More

    Wine review by criskrep

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