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"...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Bird in Hand

    In 1997, an unassuming young viticulturalist and winemaker, Andrew Nugent, chanced his arm in the...

  • A to Z Winery

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

  • Maglieri

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

  • Penfolds Wines

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

  • Shirvington

    Welcome to Shirvington. Our aim is to grow grapes that produce super-premium, honest wines with f...

  • The Colonial Estate

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

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South Australia on Snooth

  • Chateau Tanunda Shiraz Grand Barossa 2011


    Opaque Purple/Claret Ink - a luscious Wine. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • 19 Crimes 2013


    Dark ruby color. Notes of olives and boysenberry. Sweet on entry with soft tannins. Not very complex but an easy drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co

  • I was thinking more that it's time for a professional like Spurrier to take something like this on, although the pros ignore these kinds of things now, methinks.!!!!!!Fox, I'm offended. As I mentioned, I've done these Syrah tastings many times and usually everyone was a "pro" in that they were in the wine business as retailers, importers, sommel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...

  • Greg Norman Australia Estates Cabernet Merlot 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by jasond7

  • Turkey Flat the Turk 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner

  • William Hardy Chardonnay ' 2012


    A bit of bottle stink, this is under screwcap, greet the nose. Give this some air to let that blow off and youll find fresh green apple, lemon curd, buttery and heathery aromas here with some very fine oak shadings. Low on the palate and a little sweet/tart in nature this has a supple, smooth texture with simple if fresh apple and green gage pl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • De Bortoli Db Cabernet Merlot 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by rvy aurora

  • Yellow Tail Pinot Noir 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by korr123

  • D'Arenberg Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Footbolt 2011


    Nicely done! Pure dark berry aromas, hints of exotic spices and chewy tannins all add up to a wonderful mouthful of wine.93pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt

  • Peter Lehmann Shiraz Grenache 2010


    Red fruit, nicely balanced. The shiraz added enough power and depth to make it good. Screw top made it an easy traveler. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

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