Wine Regions That Make Australia Proud
Major Wine Regions
Australia has over 60 wine regions over 160,000 hectares. The vineyards are present in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, and Tasmania.
Below is information of some of the wine regions of Australia -
Margaret River, Western Australia
There are over 138 Wineries in Margaret River as of 2008.
The region is known for Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blends.
Australia’s 3% of total grape production comes from Margaret River but has 20% share in the premium wine market.
In 2016, James Halliday awarded ‘5-star’ rating to 60 Margaret River wineries and out of which forty wineries were given ‘red 5 stars’ rating.
Grape Varieties which are grown are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho
Popular wineries of Margaret River are Vasse Felix, Stella Bella, Evans and Tate and Xanadu Wines
Great Southern, Western Australia
Largest Wine Region of Australia.
Total of 48 Wineries are present.
Among the coolest viticultural areas of Western Australia.
The region is known for Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Shiraz.
Popular Wineries of Great Southern are Larry Cherubino Wines, 3 Drop wines, Howard Park Wines etc.
McLaren Vale, South Australia
There are at least 120 Wineries in McLaren Vale.
The very first vines were planted by John Reynell and Thomas Hardy in this region in 1838.
This region is known for its Dry Reds particularly made from Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre.
Half of the total grape crush in this region belongs to Shiraz making it an important grape variety.
Besides Shiraz, other Red Grape Varieties which are grown are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot and among White Grape Varieties are Semillon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Some of the popular wineries of this region are Wirra Wirra Winery, Angove Wines, Maxwell Wines, Hardys Winery and Kangarilla Road Winery.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
One of the cooler wine regions of Australia
67% of the vines grown are White Wine Varietals and 33% are Red Wine Varietals.
Grape varieties grown are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
Some of the popular wineries of this region are Grant Burge Wines, Shaw + Smith Wines, Jacob’s Creek and Hardys Wines etc.
Coonawarra, South Australia
This region has a total of 28 wineries and the vineyards are spread over 5,603 hectares.
Known for its ‘Terra Rossa’ soil.
John Riddoch planted the first vines at Yallum, South Australia in 1890.
Coonawarra region and Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety are synonymous and Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular grape variety of this region.
It was because of Coonawarra region and the leadership of Wynns and Penfolds brands that made the table wines more appealing in Australia and the focus shifted from fortified wines to table wines eventually.
Popular wineries of Coonawarra are Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Leconfield, Lindemans and Majella Wines.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
This region has close to 50 Wineries. The total size of vineyards in this region is 103.5 sq. Km.
The region is known for its Shiraz with the first Shiraz vines planted in 1847 and home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world.
Barossa Valley Vintage Festival is held here every two years to mark the success of wine industry. It is a week-long program where tons of visitors come from different parts of the world for tasting food delicacies and wines.
Grape varieties that grown here are Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache
Popular wineries of Barossa Valley are Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, Wolf Blass and Yalumba Wines
Eden Valley, South Australia
The size of this region is almost the same as Barossa Valley.
Pewsey Vale was the first Eden Valley Vineyard planted in 1847.
Known for producing high-quality Shiraz and Riesling.
Popular wineries of Eden Valley are Berton Vineyard, Henschke, Hill Smith Estate, Mountadam Wines etc.
There are 16 wineries in Riverina wine region and 20,000 hectares of planted vineyards.
Known for Botrytis affected Semillon.
In 1913, John James McWilliam planted the first grapes at Hanwood
Penfolds established their winery in Riverina in 1919.
This region amounts to 25% of total wine production of Australia making the region the largest wine producer of Australian Wine.
50% of the wine from this region is exported.
Some of the popular wineries from this region are Berton Vineyard, Casella Family Brands, De Bortoli, McWilliams Wines etc.
Hunter Valley, NSW
There are about 150 wineries present in the Hunter Valley.
Hunter Valley is one of the Australia’s hottest and wettest wine regions.
This region is known for its Semillon Wines.
Tyrrells 1971 Vat 47 Chardonnay – This wine from Hunter Valley was immensely popular in 20th Century and known for its oaky flavors and cream notes
Hunter Valley Wine Show is a regional wine award show which comprises a team of international judges and Wines awarded in Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show are highly respected throughout the Australian Wine Industry. It is being held continuously since 1974
Chardonnay is the most widely grown grape variety followed by Semillon in whites and Shiraz followed by Cabernet Sauvignon are the most grown in reds.
Some of the popular wineries from this region are Tyrrell's Wines, McGuigan Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, First Creek Wines etc.