Wine Regions of Australia
Australia is the sixth largest producer of wine in the world and this production rate is growing faster then a number of the well-established wine producing countries such as Italy, France and Spain. Not only is Australia a major producer of wine on the global market it is also forging a world class reputation for wine making and with a great array of climates and soils offers opportunities for unique and diverse wines. Australian vineyards are also a major tourist Attraction in Australia and are a great way to get out of the cities and see some of the beautiful landscapes of Australia, while also experiencing fine food, culture and wine. With each of these passing years the diversity and the quality of wine that is produced in Australia continues to increase. The Southern States of Australia dominate wine production lead by South Australia, which is the largest by a great margin, followed by Victoria and Western Australia. The Southern States offer an optimum climate for producing world class wines, while the cooler Tasmania and slightly more humid New South Wales and Queensland also produce some fine wines.
Following are some of the best and most famous wine regions of Australia in order of States. We highlight the varieties most famous in these regions and some of the wine brands who have built a world class reputation in the region.
South Australia is Australia’s undisputed Wine Capital – boasting the largest production of wine by a significant margin, a number of Australia’s premier wine regions and many of Australia’s most famous wine brands.
South Australia has an abundance of great wine regions including:
The Adelaide Hills, The Barossa (Eden Valley & The Barossa Valley), Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek, Southern Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Mount Benson, Wrattonbully, The Riverland and Southern Flinders Ranges.
The South Australian Wine Regions have supported world class wine brands such as Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek and Wolf Blass.
Of these terrific and varied Wine Regions The Barossa and Coonawarra are some of Australia’s best and great places to explore.
Is home to some of the most famous wineries and wine brands in Australia, boasting historic estates dating as far back as the 1800s. The Barossa is extensive made up of two wine regions – The Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. The Barossa Valley is located 60 km northeast of Adelaide and is known for producing some of the world’s best Shiraz. From Adelaide there are a number of tours, which operate and take around an hour and half drive to begin exploring the region.
The Barossa is most famous for the production of Shiraz, Riesling, Semillon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Just to name a few!
Barossa Valley has a cooler climate than Eden Valley and the soil types are sandy loam over gravel and bedrock, with patches of clay and varying altitudes that allows for such a diverse range of wine styles.
The Barossa boasts a number of Australia’s best known wine brands and is a great region to explore.
Famous Wine Brands of the Barossa Region include:
Peter Lehmann Wines
Yalumba and many more.
Coonawarra is the Limestone Coast’s main wine region, renowned for the production of World Class Red Wines, in particular Cabernet Sauvignon. Coonawarra is also called Australia’s ‘other red centre’ with its distinctive red soil.
The Coonawarra’s terra rossa soil and red clay with eroded limestone is it’s secret for growing brilliant award winning Cabernet Sauvignon.
Coonawarra is 380km Southeast of Adelaide and is close to the Victorian border.
Famous Wine Brands of Coonawarra include:
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
As you can see many of Australia’s most reputable wine brands call South Australia home.
Victoria is Australia’s second largest wine producer which is quite remarkable considering its relatively modest size in comparison to South Australia and Western Australia. Victoria offers great diversity both in climate and soil types allowing a diverse number of varieties to be grown with great success. Being a smaller state it is also perfect to explore and there are many terrific wine regions a short drive from Melbourne including the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula.
This location is known as one of the Australia’s most famous food and wine regions. It is located 90 km from Melbourne and is an hour drive from the CBD. With diverse styles and innovative techniques Yarra Valley wines are world class. The slightly cooler climate and soil conditions lend themselves perfectly to white wines with most frequently produced varieties include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris.
Famous Wine Brands of Yarra Valley include:
A vast quantity of wine is produced in Rutherglen and with a warm and dry regional climate which is the most popular varieties in the region include Muscat, Durif and Shiraz. These combinations and different growing conditions allow for the creation of the most diverse array of styles of wine to be produced in one state.
Fertile soil and diverse soil types along with temperate weather are a fantastic mix for producing wine. Harvesting can vary but is typically from February to April, occasionally extending to May.
Famous Wine Brands of Rutherglen include:
Bobbie Burns Wines
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia and is one of Australia’s best kept secrets from a tourism perspective. Western Australia has some of the best beaches in the world and with a relatively small population, odds are you’ll have the beaches to yourself. Western Australia also has some excellent conditions for producing world class wines. The cooler south west coast is where the best wine regions of W.A are found and none are more renowned then Margaret River. This is a beautiful region, with a lovely town, green landscapes and close distance to the coast. The Margaret River region is one of the most forward thinking wine regions in Australia and great labels and vibrant branding is a hallmark of the local wineries. Further south there are some fantastic wine growing regions such as The Great South, Mt. Barker, Denmark and Pemberton.
The Margaret River Wine show is held annually in November.
Famous Wine Brands of Margaret River include:
Despite being the smallest state in Australia, Tasmania has a distinct characteristic – the southern Tasmania has a climate significantly cooler then then mainland Australia. Offering an impressive range of cooler climate wines and it is home to some of the finest wines in the world. The mild summers and longer autumn days are similar to the famous wineries of Europe. The moderate temperatures and proximity to bass strait are moderated by the ocean breeze creating ideal conditions. Being a smaller state Tasmania is a great place to explore and has incredible natural beauty from beaches to forests.
Tamar Valley Wines
Tamar Valley is located in the heart of northern Tasmania, not far from Launceston and has the acclaim of hosting some of the best wineries in Australia. The cooler climate is perfectly suited to white wine varieties including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines.
NEW SOUTH WALES
New South Wales and the regions around Sydney have the longest history of wine making in Australia, with the first vineyards being planted in the early 1800s. Being only a short distance from Australia’s most visited city, Sydney, wine regions such as Hunter Valley are the perfect region to explore upon arrival and offers a diverse mix of great wines, fine dining and beautiful landscapes.
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most well known wine regions. This famous region is located 120 km north of Sydeny, which is around a two hours drive.
Semillon is the iconic variety of wine produced in this region, although the area is home to a number of outstanding and unique wines, with the region offering great diversity with varieties including Tempranillo and Shiraz. Innovative growers and wine makers are producing new and diverse tastes, while the strong heritage of the region also promotes the utilisation of traditional techniques and methods.
The soil in Hunter Valley is mostly clay, loam and slightly acidic offering unique characteristics for the wine.
Is the southern most region of the Central Ranges which has a relatively warm climate. It is emerging as a wine region with a stellar reputation for Chardonnay, Verdelho which are becoming increasingly popular varieties in the region.
There are a range of winery tours available around the Hunter Valley Region to take in the sights, smells and tastes of the world famous wine and picturesque countryside.
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