Unlike its European counterparts, grapevines are not native to Australia but that fact certainly hasn’t stopped winemakers cultivating award-winning grape varieties or vineyards from popping up across the country. It’s believed the first grapevines arrived in Australia with the First Fleet, and since then the continent’s viticulture industry has developed a world-class reputation, its harvest blossoming as a result.
South Australia is the wine capital of the country, one of only nine around the world, and while some regions are certainly more well-known than others each has become renowned for their specialties. Shiraz and Chardonnay are Australia’s most produced tipples, but there’s dozens of varieties to drink up. In fact, Australia cultivates dozens of grape varieties including, but not limited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
If you’re inclined to select a Pinot Gris at dinner over a Riesling, or perfect a Pinot Noir to a Cabernet Sauvignon, why not tailor your next trip to these partialities? Track down Australia’s best Shiraz or Riesling with our guide to travelling to Australia’s best wine regions based on your wine predilections.
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If you have a fondness for the lighter to medium bodied Pinot Noir, consider heading to Victoria’s Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. Moorooduc Estate, Robinson Vineyard, and Onannon produce highly coveted Pinot Noir and are well worth a visit. Tasmania too is a Pinot Noir haven, with winemakers like Greer Carland of Quiet Mutiny, Small Island Wines and Sailor Seeks Horse producing some of the most sought-after Pinot in the country.