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Wine Regions


Getting to know Australia's Wine Regions

Since the first vines were planted in 1791, Australia has become a significant wine producer. Throughout Australia there are more than 60 designated wine regions as well as over 20 in New Zealand. Australia’s second most exported product is wine. Both lands are naturally exceptional for the production of wine grapes due to its climate, terroir and location on the on the globe. Wine consumers from the Americas, Europe and even South East Asia adore these wines and the demand grows more each day.

About the Regions:

 

Margaret River

Located in Western Australia. The principal grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and Verdelho. The Margaret River is recognized as one of the best Bordeaux-like regions outside of France and produces wines in a very unique European style, much different than the rest of Australia.

McLaren Vale

Located approximately 35 km south of Adelaide in South Australia. Grapes were first planted in 1838 and some vines are more than 100 years old and are still producing. Today there’s more than 88 cellar doors. McLaren Vale is recognized as one of the best Shiraz growing regions in Australia, second only to the Barossa.

Clare Valley

One of Australia's oldest wine regions, best known for Riesling wines. It lies in the Mid North of South Australia, approximately 120 km north of Adelaide. The Clare is slightly cooler than its neighbors and excels in white wines as well as reds.

Barossa

One of Australia's oldest wine regions, located in South Australia, and it’s approximately 56km northeast of the city of Adelaide. Many of Australia's largest and most notable wineries are either headquartered or own extensive holdings here. The Barossa is the quintessential Australian wine producing region with its brand being recognised around the world. When consumers globally and domestically think of Shiraz, Barossa is their top choice for its distinctive, big flavour style.

Marlborough

Located in New Zealand in the northeast of the South Island. It’s best known for its dry climate and Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines. Marlborough Sauv Blanc is the best selling white wine in Australia and even globally a top seller.

Coonawarra

Located on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, that is known for the Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced on its "terra rossa" soil. Located close to the border of Victoria.

Hunter Valley

One of Australia's best known wine regions. Located in New South Wales. Semillon is widely considered the iconic wine of the region but the Hunter produces wine from a wide variety of grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho.

Heathcote

Located in Victoria and it is nestled between the Goulburn Valley and Bendigo regions. The region is famous for its Shiraz production which is considered cooler climate style with more earthy tones and subtle fruit flavours.

Yarra Valley

Located in Victoria, approximately 90 kilometres east of Melbourne. The area's relatively cool climate makes it particularly suited to the production of high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine and more equated with a Burgundy style climate.

Tasmania

With most of the vineyards around Launceston and on the east coast, Tasmania is one of the country’s fastest growing wine regions. Its unique cool climate makes it exceptional for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Sparkling wines. It is considered one of the regions to watch flourish in the near future.

Adelaide Hills

Are a part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, east of the city of Adelaide in the state of South Australia. It produces some exceptional sauvignon blancs and reislings as well as reds.

The Riverina

Located in rural NSW near the Vic border, the Riverina is a large expantious wine growing region that produces exceptional table wines from shiraz, cabernet, chardonnay, merlot and sauvignon blanc semillon blends. Some of the country’s top value brands are located here.

Central Ranges

This incorporates Mudgee and Orange as well as a few smaller regions and considered cooler climate production. This regions excels with Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot and Chardonnay.