In the span of two centuries, Australian wines have earned a credible reputation amongst oenophiles and gourmet enthusiasts. It is considered to be one of the top ten wine producing countries in the world and produces more than one billion litres of wine each year. This is often cited as one of the remarkable feats of the industry as the land never produced native grape varieties good for making wine.
Winemaking in Australia began in 1788 by importing grapes vines from Europe and growing them in privately-owned vineyards. Some of them are the oldest in the world, dating back to as early as 1850. And because of the diverse soil types and climate in Australia, it’s able to produce different kinds of wines: from red wine to white wine and even sparkling wine. There are several wine regions in Australia, here are just some that are worth visiting.
Just a few hours from Perth, Australia, Margaret River is a famous food and wine region right at the heart of the Great South West. There are more than 120 wineries in Margaret River, including Xanadu Wines and Leeuwin Estate. It also produces some of the best Australian wine varieties, including Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Many tourists flock to this area in summer as Margaret River is close to some of the best beaches in Western Australia.
It is one of the oldest and most prominent winemaking regions in Australia and in the world. Located in Adelaide, South Australia, parts of the region are exposed to cool and warm climates that affect the variety of wine produced. Shiraz is the best known wine variety produced in this region. Aside from the wine, Barossa Valley also offers fine produce and an old-world environment for those travellers who adore everything vintage.
Just a few hours’ drive from Sydney, Hunter Valley is the wine country of New South Wales. The rolling hills and mild climate of the region make it perfect for growing grapes for wine. There are more than 150 wine producing estates in this area including Lindeman’s and McGuigan’s. Semillon is their most popular variety, though it is also known for producing other varieties. Aside from wine, Hunter Valley is also a popular spot for wedding events because of its gorgeous flower garden estates.
Margaret River, Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley are only three of many wine regions in Australia. Other places worth noting are McLaren Vale in South Australia and Yarra Valley near Melbourne. Wine connoisseurs are sure to enjoy Australia’s many wine trails as no wine region is the same.