This article has links to products that we may make commission from.Australian wine production enjoys a reputation for being one of the world’s most exquisite and exciting in the industry. From classic, timeless options, to innovative and experimental styles, the wine scene of the Land Down Under certainly has much to offer wine lovers. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you just want to enjoy a glass of Australia’s finest, there’s a wine region, style, and bottle that’s perfect for you, just waiting to be discovered. As with anything worth doing, if you want to drink Australian wine, you have to do it right, so here’s everything you need to know about the wines of Australia. ⇒ Looking for other wine regions to visit? Check out this list of the best wine vacations around the world.
Grape varietiesFeaturing around 155 grape varieties, Australian wine scene will charm you with its diversity. Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is the most popular and wide-spread grape variety in Australia, with some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Shiraz wines are known for their numerous styles, ranging from juicy wines with rich blackberry and plum flavors to exquisite wines with distinct regional characteristics. The Chardonnay grape is the second most popular option that, along with Shiraz, accounts for 44 percent of Australia’s wine production. When it comes to other options, Australia also features Mediterranean varieties, such as Moscato, Vermentino and Montepulciano, as well as the much loved Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Australian winemakers are re-discovering the forgotten value of older varieties, such as the white Chenin blanc grape and the red Mourvèdre and Grenache.
Australia Wine regionsStretching across six states, there are 65 Australian wine regions featuring different climate, types of soil, geography and topography. From the highest and coolest vineyards in the Granite Belt region to hidden wineries in small towns, there’s plenty of wine destinations to visit. Adelaide is the wine centre of South Australia, and the largest region in the country. The Barossa Valley is the most prestigious wine growing area in the region with some of the world’s oldest vineyards, nestled just a few miles away from Adelaide. New South Wales accounts for 31 percent of Australia’s total wine production, with most popular areas being Riverina, also known as Murrumbidgee, the historic Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Orange. Margaret River, Yarra Valley and Tasmania are also popular cool wine regions where you can have a sip of elegant Australian wines.
How to Choose the Best Australian Wines
The Inexpensive vs. the High-EndThe more affordable Australian wines come from the entire region of South Eastern Australia, which means that they typically don’t have regional characteristics. They are more user-friendly, with intense grape flavors and playful labels. More expensive Australian wines are known for their region-specific flavors. While the inexpensive varieties are typically drunk young, the high-end options are more serious, and are left to age for a few years or more.
Classic ChoicesWith some of the oldest vineyards in the world, Australia features a range of rich, classic wines that you simply have to try. If you want to taste Australia’s fine white wine, these options should be at the top of your list:
- Blend of Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
- Barossa Valley Riesling
- King Valley Chardonnay