Australia has a diverse climate that helps to produce a variety of different wines. Australia is renowned for its warm weather, and thus most of its wine comes from warm regions. However, Australia’s premium varieties tend to hail from smaller, cool climate areas.
Where Australia’s Wineries are Located
Australia has around 60 wine growing regions scattered around the country.
South Australia may be best known for its Barossa Valley region, but wine buffs won’t be disappointed with drops from the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway, and Riverland areas.
There’s also more to New South Wales than Hunter Valley wine, with wineries in Mudgee and the Riverina producing outstanding wines.
In Victoria, there are great vineyards in the Goulbourn Valley, The Grampians, Heathcote, Mornington Peninsula, Pyrenees, Rutherglen, and the Yarra and King Valleys.
The Margaret River wine region, Swan Valley, and Great Southern Region in Western Australia also have a rich heritage of wine production.
Newer wineries are also emerging in Tasmania and Queensland. Tassie’s cool climate is ideal for pinot noirs and chardonnays, and there are several great Tamar Valley wineries. There are more than 100 vineyards in Queensland, but some of the best come from the Granite Belt region around Stanthorpe and Ballandean.
Most popular Australian wines
Australia has no native grapes, and it has imported more than 100 different winemaking grapes.
Today Australia ‘s major varieties are shirazes, cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, sauvignon blancs, semillons, and rieslings.
Recently winemakers have begun to experiment with "alternative" varieties like petit verdots, pinot grigios, sangioveses, tempranillos, and viogniers.