The world’s classic premium red grape varieties are all found in abundance in Australia. The classic Australian Shiraz might be the best known, and the versatile grape expresses itself wonderfully well in virtually all but the coolest regions. However, grapes like the Cabernet Sauvignon also have several natural “homes” amongst Australia’s wine regions. In cooler regions the tricky grape Pinot Noir fits in nicely, while several of the milder climate regions are also home to that eccentric and wonderful Australian speciality wine, sparkling red Shiraz.
Australia’s white wines have a story to tell that’s all their own, and the winemakers who create them have a unique approach that sets their wines apart from the rest of the world. Delicious, concentrated ripe fruit, harvested in perfect conditions is easier to obtain in Australia than almost anywhere else in the world. Beyond this it is difficult to generalise, so different are the aromas, flavours and taste sensations that come from each of the grapes, blends and regions. The Australian Chardonnay has long dominated the white wine market, but with the rise of blends like the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and local twists to classics like Semillon and Verdelho, the variety of Australian white wines available should not be underestimated.
-> Common Australian red wine varieties
-> Common Australian white wine varieties