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With the same amount of land as the whole of Europe,
Australia has developed as a lead player in the production
of New World wines

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Regional guide for Australia

Australia's popular regions

Margaret River
Barossa Valley
McLaren Vale
Margaret River vineyard

One of Australia’s finest wine regions

Around three hours from Perth, the vibrant Margaret River region is enjoying a growing reputation as a producer of great wines. In recent years its repertoire has expanded from powerfully elegant Cabernet Sauvignon into white wines; Margaret River Chardonnay is considered some of Australia's finest. Also Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc varieties (used both individually and as a blend) are highly popular.

Barossa Valley vineyard

Some of the oldest vines in the whole of Australia

Barossa Valley is situated north of Adelaide in South Australia. The region has a Mediterranean climate, and its rainy winters and cool summers provide perfect conditions for red wines, most notably Shiraz. With some of the oldest vines in Australia, Barossa Valley’s winemaking history spans back over 160 years. Aside from Shiraz, the area produces outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mouvèdre and Riesling.

Mclaren Vale vineyard

A historic yet forward-thinking wine region

McLaren Vale sits just south of Adelaide within the wine region of South Australia. It has a Mediterranean climate and many different soil types – because of this it’s able to successfully grow a variety of grapes. Shiraz is McLaren Vale’s principal grape, producing rich and fruity examples. The area is also known for impressive Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

About Australia

There’s much more to Australian wine than oaky Chardonnay and full bodied Shiraz; the breadth of diverse and exciting wines available is quite staggering, with many award-winners too. Covering the same land mass as Europe, Australia is a vast country, over 3,000km wide, and is home to more than 35 wine regions producing numerous grape varieties and styles.

Soft, fruit-driven wines used to epitomise the Australian style, such as Shiraz and Chardonnay. However, ongoing drought forced producers to focus on developing cooler areas in the relatively unknown wine regions of Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, pioneering cooler-climate varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Explore this vast country and the exciting wines it produces through our region guides below.

Australia's wider regions

Clare Valley

Clare Valley has been producing wine since the 1840s making it one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. With long, hot summer days and cool nights, this part of South Australia’s bush land delivers wines of marvellous contradictions; rich yet austere and delicate yet robust. Without a doubt, the region’s signature wine is Riesling. It competes with those from Alsace and Mosel and is known for its tendency to age well. Other grapes that thrive are Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Eden Valley

Eden Valley sits in the Lofty Mountains and together with Barossa Valley makes up the Barossa region of South Australia. Riesling thrives in Eden Valley’s cool climate conditions resulting in world-class wines that are full of floral and citrus character. After Riesling, Shiraz is the second most important of Eden Valley’s grapes, however the wines they produce are slightly different to the Shiraz wines from neighbouring Barossa Valley. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon also do very well in Eden Valley’s conditions.

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Coonawarra, translated as ‘honeysuckle’ in Aboriginal, is situated on the Limestone Coast of South Australia. This well-known wine region is celebrated for its Cabernet Sauvignon, which boasts distinctive plum and blackcurrant fruit flavours, though the region does produce other grape varieties too. Shiraz, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc wines from Coonawarra all appreciate the benefits of the area’s limestone geology and should not be overlooked.

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Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley, which sits just to the east of Melbourne and within the region of Victoria, is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious winemaking areas. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are Yarra Valley’s most prevalent grape varieties and both are used to make excellent sparkling wines that have a very French influence. Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are the next most popular grapes. Yarra Valley Chardonnay embodies a range of styles from buttery and oaked to crisp, lean and more Burgundian. Regardless of style, these wines are universally considered as exceptional in quality.

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Famous for producing some of the best dessert wines in Australia. Rutherglen is a small town situated in the north east of Victoria, close to the Murray River. Muscat is widely grown and produces top quality, award winning wines. Whilst other varieties grown include Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is the sweet, fortified styles that rule here.

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Orange is a small region located about 150 miles north of Sydney. This region produces some of Australia’s most interesting cool climate wines, most notably their Chardonnay, which has been used by some of Australia’s iconic winemakers.

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Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley is at the epicentre of the Australian wine industry. Located in the south east Australian region of New South Wales, it’s the site of some of the country’s oldest vine plantings. It experiences some of the hottest and wettest weather in the whole of Australia; good amounts of sunshine, the cooling breeze of the Pacific Ocean, and the Brokenback Mountains afford the area pockets of mineral-rich soils. Shiraz is the most commonly grown red grape, however it’s Hunter Valley Chardonnay and Sémillon that have given this region its world-class reputation.

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