Vines were first brought to Australia at the end of the 18th century and today it's the world's fifth biggest wine producer. Winemaking is predominantly concentrated in the south of Australia where the varied climatic conditions allow a wide variety of grapes to be planted. Buy Australian wine online at 8Wines and enjoy our special selection of hard-to-find wines.
Key Australian Wine Regions
Australia's most famous wine regions are the Barossa Valley, which is known for its bold red wines and pockets of 100-year old vines, and the historic McLaren Vale and Hunter Valley. Margaret River in western Australia is known for its cooler maritime climate which helps create some of the country's most elegant reds and whites. Another region to look out for is the Mornington Peninsula which is known for top quality Pinot Noir.
Australian Grape Varieties
Australia's most famous variety is Shiraz which is planted all over the country and typically produces big, bold reds with plenty of rich fruit flavours. Other common black grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, which is often blended with Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvedre. White wines are made in a variety of styles ranging from crisp cool climate Riesling from the Eden and Clare Valleys to opulent Semillon and rich and oaky Chardonnay from the Hunter Valley. The sheer variety of grapes and styles means there is something to pair with every type of local cuisine, from hearty Shiraz reds paired with barbecued meats to light whites matched with fresh Asian cuisine.
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