Although the vineyards of the Adelaide Hills are only 20 minutes from the centre of the city, they are nearly 2,000 feet higher in altitude and have a completely different soil structure. Due to the v
Australia in many ways epitomises freedom and attitude in the New World. Producing every style of wine imaginable from innumerable grape varieties - the most famous being Shiraz - innovation and experimentation have been the hallmarks of this great wine producing nation for decades. Indeed, Australian wine often hits a sweet spot in the relationship between price and quality, and as such is extremely popular in export markets. This led to overproduction and oversupply in the 1980s and 1990s as big brands began to dominate the industry, eventually damaging the reputation that early producers had worked so hard to promote. Nowadays we are witnessing a dazzling return to form, with ever more artisan and terroir-focused producers crafting wonderfully expressive and appealing wines, as they seek to demonstrate that Australia is a worthy contender.
With some of the oldest plantings of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre in Australia the Barossa Valley is perhaps the most famous wine region in Australia. The warm valley floor and scarcity of water, coupled with incredibly old, dry farmed vines produces some of Australias most powerful reds.
Clare Valley is famed for its hilly topography and cooler temperatures. The best sites are of high elevation and protected from the full strength of the sun's rays. In fact, it is the combination of exposure and altitude that helps to retain freshness in the region's wines, alongside a wide diurnal range. Australia's best examples of Riesling often hail from the Clare Valley.
The Coonawarra region of South Australia produces some of the worlds finest Cabernet based wines. Coonawarra is blessed with the winning combination of climate and its famous Terra Rossa soil.(a rich
Western Australia's most important wine growing region. The cooling influence of the Indian Ocean gives producers like Voyager Estate the ability to produce Cabernet Merlots, Sauvignon Blanc Semillons and Chardonnays of considerable elegance, that with age become more than a little old world in style.
A strongly maritime influenced region in South Australia that produces some of the countries finest Grenache, Syrah and Cabernets.
The most productive wine region in Australia, with just under 50% of all grapes grown, grown here. It includes the regions of Barossa, Mclaren Vale, Connawarra and the Clare Valley.
The Southern Highlands is a region that sits high in the hills above Sydney with cool mornings and crisp nights.
The Island of Tasmania sitting off the south of Australia is home to numerous terroirs and climats. The most success found thus far, in a region that is yet to fully unlock its true potential, comes from plantings of Pinot Noir. Apsley Gorge exploit their land near the Douglas Apsley National park to great effect making one of Australias most exciting Pinot Noirs.
Victoria is generally cooler than neighbouring South Australia. With the exception of the more inland Rutherglen, perhaps the Victoria's most famous wine, all the other regions have a distinctly maritime feel. The most significant wine regions within Victoria are Rutherglen, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong. All styles of wine are produced here, from fortfied wines to crisp, zippy whites, and everything in between.
Western Australia represents perhaps the most exciting "new" winegrowing region in Australia. The cooling influence of the Indian Ocean, coupled with some truly exceptional winemaking talent sees advances in quality year on year, and wines of real character and drinkability being produced.
The Yarra Valley is very close to Melbourne, situated to the north of the city. It enjoys a cool climate and produces some excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Yea Valley is the next vineyard area you pass through after the Yarra Valley heading North East out of Melbourne. The region is higher and drier than the Yarra,producing wines of great perfume and