Here in Australia we are more commonly known for sun, sea and surf, which is fair enough because it’s pretty great over here. It comes as a surprise to a lot of people when they find out we produce some great wine and have a load of great wine regions worth exploring.
To make it easier for visitors to learn more about them we are going to list some of the best Australian wine regions here for you today.
The Southern Half of Australia has all of the wine producers spread across the 4 different regions of Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.
South Australia (the region) has the most wine producers so here are some of the best areas within it that deserve more recognition.
Known for Shiraz wines, the Barossa Valley is under an hour away from Adelaide and boasts some vines that are around 200 years old. The area is free from the Phylloxera insect which destroys vines, giving them much more opportunity to grow to this age.
The Adelaide Hills are great for reds and whites and a Chardonnay that is well worth experiencing.
Another great region for reds and whites, McLaren Vale has a great Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay while their Cabernet and Shiraz should not be overlooked either.
New South Wales
Although Australia can be a hot country that experiences droughts, the ‘Big Rivers Zone’ in New South Wales where 4 rivers run through is ideal for growing and over 75% of New South Wales wine comes from this area.
Offering both commercial and fine wines, Victoria in New South Wales is an area that can’t be overlooked. With hundreds of vineyards and a climate ideal for growing it really is a great place to visit for wine tasting experiences.
The sheer size of Western Australia, roughly a third of the entire country, means there was always going to be regions ideal for growing and wine production.
Like Western Australia, Swan Valley covers a vast area that has diverse climates making it ideal for growing a range of grapes and producing various great wines.
The temperature of the Margaret River region makes it ideal for whites like Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay’s.
An island located off the south coast of Australia, Tasmania produces the majority of Australia’s sparkling wines or at least contributes ingredients to them.
It might not be the most prolific Australian wine producer but Queensland does have a few tricks up its sleeve so write this region off at your peril.