Australian wine region classification differs from the traditional appellation system of the Old World in the way that each region is not put under strict regulations defining what can be grown and where. As a result, Australia’s grape growers and winemakers have the freedom to experiment and make their own choice with regards to variety, site selection and winemaking practice, and are still discovering what variety grows best where and developing wine styles unique to individual sites and regions.
In total, there are 62 wine regions in Australia, with vineyards in each state of the country. The most famous regions would probably be Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Yarra Valley in Victoria, Barossa Valley in South Australia, and Margaret River in Western Australia. But beyond these there are a number of smaller regions constantly producing very interesting and distinct wines of exceptional quality, like Orange, Riverina and Gundagai in NSW; Swan Hill and Strathbogie in VIC; McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in SA; and the Great Southern in WA. Let’s have a closer look.
New South Wales (NSW)
South Australia (SA)
Western Australia (WA)