BLOG > THOUGHTS
Australia is the sixth largest producer of wine in the world and this production rate is growing faster then a number of the well-established wine producing countries such as Italy, France and Spain. Not only is Australia a major producer of wine on the global market it is also forging a world class reputation for wine making and with a great array of climates and soils offers opportunities for unique and diverse wines. Australian vineyards are also a major tourist Attraction in Australia and are a great way to get out of the cities and see some of the beautiful landscapes of Australia, while also experiencing fine food, culture and wine. With each of these passing years the diversity and the quality of wine that is produced in Australia continues to increase. The Southern States of Australia dominate wine production lead by South Australia, which is the largest by a great margin, followed by Victoria and Western Australia. The Southern States offer an optimum climate for producing world class wines, while the cooler Tasmania and slightly more humid New South Wales and Queensland also produce some fine wines.
Following are some of the best and most famous wine regions of Australia in order of States. We highlight the varieties most famous in these regions and some of the wine brands who have built a world class reputation in the region.
South Australia has an abundance of great wine regions including:
The Adelaide Hills, The Barossa (Eden Valley & The Barossa Valley), Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Currency Creek, Southern Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Mount Benson, Wrattonbully, The Riverland and Southern Flinders Ranges.
The South Australian Wine Regions have supported world class wine brands such as Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek and Wolf Blass.
Of these terrific and varied Wine Regions The Barossa and Coonawarra are some of Australia’s best and great places to explore.
The Barossa is most famous for the production of Shiraz, Riesling, Semillon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Just to name a few!
Barossa Valley has a cooler climate than Eden Valley and the soil types are sandy loam over gravel and bedrock, with patches of clay and varying altitudes that allows for such a diverse range of wine styles.
The Barossa boasts a number of Australia’s best known wine brands and is a great region to explore.
Peter Lehmann Wines
Yalumba and many more.
The Coonawarra’s terra rossa soil and red clay with eroded limestone is it’s secret for growing brilliant award winning Cabernet Sauvignon.
Coonawarra is 380km Southeast of Adelaide and is close to the Victorian border.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Famous Wine Brands of Yarra Valley include:
Fertile soil and diverse soil types along with temperate weather are a fantastic mix for producing wine. Harvesting can vary but is typically from February to April, occasionally extending to May.
Bobbie Burns Wines
Famous Wine Brands of Margaret River include:
Tamar Valley Wines
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most well known wine regions. This famous region is located 120 km north of Sydeny, which is around a two hours drive.
Semillon is the iconic variety of wine produced in this region, although the area is home to a number of outstanding and unique wines, with the region offering great diversity with varieties including Tempranillo and Shiraz. Innovative growers and wine makers are producing new and diverse tastes, while the strong heritage of the region also promotes the utilisation of traditional techniques and methods.
The soil in Hunter Valley is mostly clay, loam and slightly acidic offering unique characteristics for the wine.
There are a range of winery tours available around the Hunter Valley Region to take in the sights, smells and tastes of the world famous wine and picturesque countryside.
I hope that you enjoyed finding out about the major wine regions of Australia. Beetle Creative is a leading Wine Label Design Specialist. Click on the below images to view our Wine Label Portfolio