The best wines of Australia

Discover the best wines of Australia as well as the best winemakers of Australia and estates of Australia to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in Australia and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Australia by region

Looking for a good wine of Australia among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Australia. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Australia with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Australia

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Australia

Red 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 barbecued prime rib with coarse salt, lamb tagine with figs or rabbit fillet with mustard.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Australia

On the nose the red wine of the region of Australia. often reveals types of flavors of butterscotch, orange peel or espresso and sometimes also flavors of baking spice, rosemary or cigar box. In the mouth the red wine of the region of Australia. is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

The best vintages in red wine of Australia

  • 1982 With an average score of 4.71/5
  • 1979 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1974 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1977 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1971 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1976 With an average score of 4.70/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Australia

  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Australia

A wine route planned in the region of Australia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Australia.

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.

Great white wines of Australia

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Australia

White wines from the region of Australia go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or vegetarian such as recipes of simmered pork cheeks with cream sauce and dijon mustard, irish tartiflette or vegan leek and tofu quiche.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Australia

On the nose the white wine of the region of Australia. often reveals types of flavors of butterscotch, lemon curd or banana and sometimes also flavors of oil, non oak or earth. In the mouth the white wine of the region of Australia. is a powerful with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in white wine of Australia

  • 1995 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2005 With an average score of 4.45/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.39/5
  • 2000 With an average score of 4.38/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.37/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.36/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Australia

  • Chardonnay
  • Fiano
  • Vermentino
  • Moscato Giallo
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Australia

A wine route planned in the region of Australia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Australia.

Discover the grape variety: Frontenac

A cross between Landot 4511 and Vitis Riparia 89 (very resistant to cold) obtained in 1978 at the University of Minnesota (United States) and propagated from 1996. It can also be found in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, etc.), in Lithuania, etc. In France, it is practically unknown. Note that the white and grey Frontenac are derived from mutations of the black, encountered and isolated in 2003 for the grey and in September 2005 for the white. - Synonymy: MN 1047 (for all the grape variety synonyms, click here!).

Great sparkling wines of Australia

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Australia

Sparkling wines from the region of Australia go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or spicy food such as recipes of american style beef marinade, ramadan berber soup (harira) or moroccan veal tagine from hanane.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Australia

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Australia. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, cassis or leather and sometimes also flavors of dark chocolate, raspberry or pepper.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Australia

  • 2000 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2004 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2002 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2003 With an average score of 4.35/5
  • 2001 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2005 With an average score of 4.12/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Australia

  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Pinot Meunier
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Australia

A wine route planned in the region of Australia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of Australia.

The word of the wine: Thinning

Also known as green harvesting, the practice of removing excess bunches of grapes from certain vines, usually in July, but sometimes later. This is often necessary, but not always a good thing, as the remaining bunches often gain weight.

Great pink wines of Australia

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Australia

Pink wines from the region of Australia go well with generally quite well with dishes of veal, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of veal and mushroom risotto, leek, goat cheese and bacon quiche or pheasant in a casserole with white wine.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Australia

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Australia. often reveals types of flavors of grapefruit, tree fruit or black fruit and sometimes also flavors of vegetal, earth or tropical fruit.

The best vintages in pink wine of Australia

  • 2008 With an average score of 4.10/5
  • 2020 With an average score of 4.09/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.09/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.07/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.01/5
  • 2019 With an average score of 4.01/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Australia

  • Pinot Noir
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Moscato
  • Grenache
  • Muscat Hamburg

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Australia

A wine route planned in the region of Australia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Australia.

Discover the grape variety: Touriga franca

Most certainly Portuguese. It is said to be the result of a cross between the mourisco de semente and the touriga nacional, which should not be confused with it. It can be found in Australia, South Africa, the United States (California), etc. and is virtually unknown in France.

Great sweet wines of Australia

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Australia

Sweet wines from the region of Australia go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or spicy food such as recipes of beef fillet in a crust, lamb roast with lavender or chicken tagine with olives and potatoes.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Australia

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Australia. often reveals types of flavors of butterscotch, earth or molasses and sometimes also flavors of orange peel, citrus fruit or spices. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of Australia. is a with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Australia

  • 1916 With an average score of 5.00/5
  • 1918 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1915 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1914 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1997 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2000 With an average score of 4.50/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Australia

  • Muscat Blanc
  • Sémillon
  • Riesling
  • Muscatel
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Muscadelle

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Australia

A wine route planned in the region of Australia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Australia.

The word of the wine: Paille (wine of)

A sweet wine obtained by passerillage after harvesting bunches of grapes placed on racks or hung in well-ventilated premises.

Great natural sweet wines of Australia

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Australia

Natural sweet wines from the region of Australia go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or spicy food such as recipes of autumn beef bourguignon, tajine with broad beans and artichokes or spaghetti with garlic.

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of Australia

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of Australia. often reveals types of flavors of cream, toasty or orange peel and sometimes also flavors of red fruit, black fruit or dried fruit.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of Australia

  • 1998 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 2004 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 2010 With an average score of 4.56/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.43/5
  • 2015 With an average score of 4.42/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 4.40/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of Australia

  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grenache
  • Mourvedre
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Touriga Franca

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Australia

A wine route planned in the region of Australia? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best natural-sweet wine of Australia.

Discover the grape variety: Viognier

White Viognier is a grape variety that originated in France (Rhone Valley). 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 bunches, and grapes of small size. White Viognier can be found in many vineyards: South West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Jura, Champagne, Savoie & Bugey, Provence & Corsica, Loire Valley, Beaujolais.

News from the vineyard of Australia

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 ...

The Wine Society improves provenance and quality of The Blind Spot

The Wine Society has made a move to improve the provenance and quality of its exclusive The Blind Spot wine range. The business said it would, for the first time in its history, provide the funding for buying grapes rather than liquid for the range of Australian wines. Winemaker Mac Forbes has spend the last decade identifying ‘interesting’ parcels of wine for the range, which has been an integral part of The Wine Society’s portfolio for the past 10 years, and securing them before th ...

Concern that wine prices may rise amid cost pressures

Inflation and higher costs have led to questions in the UK and US in recent weeks about how much the trade can absorb before wine prices increase. Despite a recent freeze on duty tax, the UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said it is concerned wine prices may rise in 2022 due to myriad factors, including higher costs, inflation and supply chain issues. The trade body sent a letter to government signed by 49 UK wine and spirits businesses last month, warning that ‘rising cost ...