Finding the Best Wines in Australia

Australia is one of the largest wine exporters in the world. The country exports about 750 million litres of wine annually. Domestic consumption of Australian wine only amounts to about 40% of the country’s wine production. The industry contributes significantly to the Australian economy. The domestic market alone is worth 2.8 billion Australian dollars. People drink more than 520 million litres yearly with a per capita consumption of around 30 litres. The second largest wine consumers across the globe are the Norfolk Islanders, with about 54 litres of per capita consumption.

Australia’s Wine Regions
Australia Wine Zone
With over 60 designated wine areas, the country has established a global reputation for producing high quality wines. You’ll find majority of these regions in the south, which is the cooler part of the country. You’ll find some popular vineyards in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, and Victoria. Each region produces a different kind of wine, which depends on a region’s set of special geographical characteristics. Factors such as climatic differences, soil types, and topography play important roles in wine production.

Some popular types of wine produced in Australia are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Shiraz. You’ll also find great bottles of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. Manufacturers label their wines according to the type of grapes they used for the product, which should constitute at the minimum, 85% of the wine. Some popular grape varieties manufacturers use are Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, and Shiraz.

Australian Capital Territory
Just outside Canberra, you’ll find about 33 wineries and 140 vineyards. Take a drive across the countryside and you’ll discover charming cafes, beautiful wineries, and vast farms. You’ll also have the chance to taste an original regional cuisine. Wines produced in Canberra region contains qualities that only an exceptional Australian environment can give. In this region, winemaking started about a century ago. This makes them one of the best in the industry.

Hunter Valley of New South Wales
Wine from Hunter Valley of NSWTake a few hours drive north-west of Sydney and you’ll find the popular Hunter Valley. This is New South Wales primary wine region. It’s famous for Chardonnay, Semillon, and Shiraz wines. There are about 160 wineries throughout the region, including the country’s oldest winery located at Wyndham Estate. This is the best place to go for wine-tasting classes. You’ll also have the chance to meet winemakers and learn about their unique techniques.
For an unforgettable experience, visit the valley in spring for occasions such as Lovedale Long Lunch and other music events.

Yarra Valley of Victoria
About an hour away from Melbourne, Yarra Valley offers scenic views of rolling hills and about 55 wineries. The valley has a healthy mix of small family owned vineyards to large scale vineries. This region produces cool climate wines such as chardonnay, pinot noir, and sparkling wines. You’ll also find excellent types of pinot Gris, Riesling, sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz.
Other key wine regions around the country are Barossa Valley of the South, and Margaret River of the West.