Australia has become a huge player in the wine world due to its vigorous attack on the global market. Exports have rivalled those of Italy and France for many years, and is now the country the fourth largest exporter in the world. Australia is a large and diverse country and the wines it produces reflect this.
Wine is now produced in most Australian states, and the wide selection of grape varieties and differing climates have helped remove the idea that Australia only produces big alcoholic reds.
South Australia, famous for the Barossa Valley, produces the country’s most iconic wines. The region is hot and dry and has become well-known for the Shiraz (Syrah) variety, however Grenache vines here are over 100 years old making them the oldest in the world.
Grapes & Regions
Chardonnay (Adelaide Hills, Hunter Valley)
Riesling (Eden Valley, Clare Valley)
Semillon (Hunter Valley)
Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley, McLaren Valley)
Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River, Coonawarra)
Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula)