Top 100 wines of Australia

Discover the top 100 best wines of Australia as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular in Australia and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Australia

Australia is an extremely important wine producing country, both in terms of quality and the scale of its wine economy. Wine Australia's 2018 annual report describes it as the sixth largest wine producer in the world. That year's production was 1. 29 million litres (341 million US gallons), split 52:48 between red and white.

In 2015, there were just over 135,000 hectares of Vineyards in Australia. 30% of this vineyard was planted to Shiraz, 18% to Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% to Chardonnay. Merlot covers 6% and Sauvignon Blanc 5%. Australia has developed a comprehensive appellation system.

As of 2018, there were 65 designated wine regions. Readers can find more information on wine and labelling laws on our Australian wine labels page. Its vast Size and wide range of climatic and geographical conditions make it one of the most versatile wine-producing countries in the world. Overall, the Climate is affected by its Southern latitude, but regional characteristics such as altitude and proximity to the oceans also play an important role.

Discover the grape variety: Merlot

Merlot noir is a grape variety that originated in France (Bordeaux). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small to medium sized bunches, and medium sized grapes. Merlot noir can be found in many vineyards: South West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Armagnac, Burgundy, Jura, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Beaujolais, Provence & Corsica, Savoie & Bugey.

Food and wine pairing with a wine of Australia

wines from the region of Australia go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of vegetable noddles, blanquette of lamb or roast duck with cider sauce.

Organoleptic analysis of wine of Australia

On the nose in the region of Australia often reveals types of flavors of cream, allspice or marzipan and sometimes also flavors of banana, oil or fennel. In the mouth in the region of Australia is a powerful with a nice freshness.

News from the vineyard of Australia

Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma sold to Foley Family Wines

Foley Family Wines has returned to the acquisition trail in California by announcing its acquisition of Sonoma’s Chateau St. Jean from the Americas division of Treasury Wine Estates, owner of Penfolds in Australia. Foley said it ‘plans to restore the winery to its former glory’. A fee for the deal was not disclosed, but the purchase includes the historic 1920s chateau building, a 6,000-square-foot visitor centre, a winery facility and almost 32 hectares (79 acres) of estate vineyards. Fole ...

World wine production to fall in 2021 as extreme weather hits Europe

World wine production in 2021 is set to fall by 4% versus last year, to around 250 million hectolitres (mhl), equal to 25bn litres and close to the historic low witnessed in 2017, the International Organisation for Vine & Wine (OIV) has estimated. Its figures are preliminary, but they highlight the ‘severe impact’ of ‘adverse climatic conditions’ on the 2021 vintage in parts of Europe, said OIV director-general Paul Roca during a virtual press conference. Europe’s big ...

Decanter magazine latest issue: January 2022

Inside the January 2022 issue of Decanter Magazine: FEATURES: Aperitifs: how to do them well The art of starting it right, with drinks tips from Kate Hawkings Vintage preview: Chablis 2020 Andy Howard MW picks 33 of his top wines from a classic year in the region Producer profile: Château Angélus Jane Anson visits one of St-Emilion’s four finest grand cru classé estates Bordeaux & Burgundy vintages for Christmas Panos Kakaviatos & Charles Curtis MW select the perfect vintages and appe ...