Australia is a wine powerhouse.
We’re talking about the fifth-largest wine-producing country in the world! Australia is home to a talented community of winemakers championing all wine styles, from rosé wine to sweet wine and everything in between. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Shiraz and many more to discover.
If you'd like to know more, we invite you to read our guide here to select the right Australian wine for you.
Wines you will find in Australia
In Australia, you can taste all types of wine: red, white, sparkling or sweet. On the red side, the main grape variety encountered is Shiraz, but there is also a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Mourvèdre. On the white side, you can drink Riesling, Chardonnay, Sémillon and Sauvignon. South Australia also produces sparkling wines, a few rosé wines and liqueurs: Muscat or “Port”, which producers are forced to call “tawny”, even if they use the same method as in Portugal. Barossa Valley in South Australia, an hour's drive from Adelaide, is probably Australia's most famous wine region. Adelaide Hills, in the Mount Lofty Ranges, is a micro region famous for Penfolds Magill Estate Vineyard, a historic heritage-listed vineyard (it was founded in 1844). Another example is the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, where the first vines were planted by settler families in the 1820s, making it Australia's oldest wine region..
About the Barossa Valley
Renowned for shiraz, Barossa has even become synonymous with shiraz today. Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mourvèdre are also in the game. They also produce a unique Australian blend known as GSM (Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre) as well as a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. On the white side, Riesling, Semillon and Chardonnay are produced. Australia's biggest names are based here: Penfolds, Henschke, Peter Lehmann, Wolf Blass, Yalumba. There is also Jacob's Creek, Orlando Wines, Seppeltsfield, Rockford wines and St Hallett. In all, there are 80 wine cellars and 160 "boutique wineries" in the Barossa Valley, which is nevertheless a very small region, but which alone produces more than 20% of Australian wine. The friendly “scenic route” of the Barossa runs along vineyards, palm trees, wine cellars, breweries, fields of roses and lavender.
Clare Valley Wines and its makers
Clare Valley, also classified in the Mount Lofty Ranges region, is however 90 km northwest of the Barossa Valley. It owes its name to its main town, Clare, and is known as the Australian capital of Riesling. The Clare Valley has 50 producers and 40 wine cellars. The climate is quite warm, but the region is home to cool micro-climates, near waterways. There are the estates of Skillogalee, Annie's lane, Knappstein, Pikes and Taylors Wines.
Brief History of Australian Wine
The first vines were planted in Australia from the beginning of colonization by the English, in the 18th century, but it was not until the 20th century that viticulture really developed. The big market for Australian wines has always been England (it is also now becoming the United States). Before the Second World War, Australia, which mainly produced ports, already claimed 22% of the British wine and spirits market.
Shiraz: The Australian Expertise
Shiraz, the emblematic grape variety Shiraz – which comes from our Syrah – is the king grape variety, the most widespread in Australia, far ahead of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon. The different Australian climates are very suitable for this variety which adapts easily. Alone or blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or other varieties, Shiraz gives wines of all qualities, but generally offering an expressive fruitiness and a generous, very tannic texture on the palate.
Wine regions of Australia
Far from the aridity of the Australian bush, the wine regions, with their gentle landscapes, are today among the most popular destinations on the island-continent. For example, in Western Australia, the Margaret River. Its soil, its microclimate, its gentle relief, and its maritime influences have allowed the production of now renowned white wines. Barossa Valley in South Australia, an hour's drive from Adelaide, is probably Australia's most famous wine region. Adelaide Hills, in the Mount Lofty Ranges, is a micro region famous for Penfolds Magill Estate Vineyard, a historic heritage-listed vineyard (it was founded in 1844). Another example is the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, where the first vines were planted by settler families in the 1820s, making it Australia's oldest wine region.