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"...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Andrew Peace Wines

    Winery and vineyard on the banks of the Murray River in Victoria.

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • 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...

  • Hardy's

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

  • Robert Oatley Vineyards

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Rosemount Estate White Blend Traminer/Riesling 1999

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    Wine review by davidgarkie


  • Greg Norman Australia Estates Shiraz 2012

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    I have a sinus infection so take this review for what it worth. Drank this over three days. I was surprised this wine leaned to a more old world style with limited fruit on the nose and palate, it was a bit herbaceous. It has a good level of acidity and mildly tannic on the finish. Not bad but nothing I'm likely to seek out. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Red - one of the problems with recs for places like World Market and Total Wine is that you have to get the recommendations from someone in your area. The stores will have similar wines in most places, but there may be local differences, based on what's available from the local distributors. My suggestion is to look at Costco if there's one near... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Red - Vinovino mentioned something really important. Do keep a little note of what you thought of the various wines. That doesn't mean you have to obsessively write tasting notes like some people do, but just for yourself until you get your bearings. If someone gives you a declassified Nebbiolo and a right bank Bordeaux and a village Burgundy, i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Randy is on the money. The whole line-up of wines from those folks. And Four Vines Zins if you like that style as well. A bit pricier, Turley Zins and Petite Sirah.Lots of jammy juicy ones from Australia and Spain. The Clio was mentioned, and I guess the sibling El Nido would be one, but those wines are made by an Australian winemaker working in... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Inky Wines?


  • Yellow Tail Sweet Red Roo South Eastern Australia NV

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    I am looking for a taste and flavor to match a brand that I love and can no longer find. My search is arduous, and lots goes down the sink drain. I like a sweet red - mild and pleasant, that finishes well. NO lingering vinegar aftertaste and definitely no overt rubbing alcohol scent assaulting my nose. This one has a distinct layer of berry-swee... Read More

    Wine review by Tganucheau


  • Oliverhill Jimmy Section Shiraz 2012

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • 19 Crimes Red 2014

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    Yummy. Best buy for Thanksgiving under $10 Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


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