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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • A to Z Winery

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

  • Beresford Estate

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

  • Pirramimma Winery

    Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by ...

  • Jacob's Creek

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

  • Andrew Peace Wines

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

  • 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

  • Half Mile Creek Chardonnay South Eastern Australia 2014

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    Light green apple and pear aromas. More red and green apple notes on the palate with good acidity and balance, direct and clean and light with a steely minerally finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The Little Penguin Shiraz Premier 2011

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    Wine review by hansen01


  • The Little Penguin Shiraz Premier 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by hansen01


  • Lodestar Wines Shiraz 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection - Dark opaque purple red in the glass. Opens with Red Bell Pepper and Chile; Roasted Plum Pepper; Plum Cola; finally Mint, Herb, and roasted Plum. Minimum Tannins and Acidity (would have loved to have seen some), just a big smooth mouthful. with a long finish of Peppercorn, Spices, and Cola. Very smooth drinking fo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley Dry 2015

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    Picked up at the Costco. Nose of green pears and tropical fruits. Very crisp in the mouth with some Granny Smith apple and a nice finish. Reminds me of the wine I drank in Germany in the 70's. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tyrrell's Brokenback Shiraz 2009

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    Something of a pruney nose, but, also, an unfortunate sulphur thing that does not blow off. Very tart on entry. Some raisiny fruit. Then at the rear palate that sulphur thing, Not a terribly sophisticated wine. I'm actually OK with the tartness, but there is no way I could recommend this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pillar Box Red 2012

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    A robust wine that emits blackberry, slight oak, pepper and spice, anise and blueberry on the nose. The palate follows nicely with the blackberry and dark cherry turning slightly sweetish when then tannins push through. Good acidity lends to a full aftertaste that sails. Great wine at a modest price. Built for short term aging this bottling w... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Evans & Tate Big Squeeze Shiraz 2014

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    Burgundy colored with grape and/or black cherry juice hues throughout and around the edges....semi opaque. Aromas are somewhat peppery and otherwise very fruit forward....thick ripe berries and some very ripe black fruits too....the finish is of muted cinnamon spice. Flavors are ripe and of soft jammy sweetness....there are hints of the savory... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Jacobs Creek Sweet Red 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by thabob


  • Beresford Chardonnay Mclaren Vale 2013

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    Nicely herbal and slightly hot aromas of green apple and sweet lemon. This is spicy and zesty in the mouth with bold lemon and grapefruit notes, fresh green apple and a hint of tart herbal character towards the finish that has good length and subtle oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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