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Australian wine regions explained

Australia makes a lot of wine. In fact, there are an estimated 2361 wineries across 65 winegrowing regions in Australia producing around 1.2 billion litres of wine.

Around 30% of the wine produced is Shiraz and 19% is Chardonnay. If you’re somebody that likes their random wine facts, these are the oldest two varieties produced in Australia and they were first produced in Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley (NSW)
 
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s best known wine region and home of some of the oldest vine stock in the world, with vineyards dating back to the 1860s.  It has a sub-tropical climate with warm, humid days through Spring and Summer, and cold nights in Autumn and Winter.  The Hunter Valley creates some of the finest and most unique Semillon in the world, along with world class Chardonnay, Shiraz and a growing list of alternative varieties that thrive in the warm climate. 

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Adelaide Hills (SA)
 
The Adelaide Hills region boasts one of the most diverse terrains in the country. It is also the coolest and most elevated in Australia. The steep terrain creates several microclimates across the valley that work beautifully for different varieties of wines which may be part of the reason Adelaide, has recently been named one of nine Great Wine Capitals of the world, (along with Bordeaux in France and Bilbao Rioja in Spain). Adelaide Hills is well-regarded for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz, which are well suited to the region’s cool climate.

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Barossa (SA)
 
The Barossa includes the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley regions and is renowned globally for its quality wines.  It is also home to some of the oldest continuously producing Shiraz, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache and Riesling vines in the world.  The Barossa Valley has a warmer, Mediterranean climate while the Eden Valley has a cooler climate. The warmer climate of the Barossa Valley is favourable for full-bodied red wines, fortified wines, and robust whites. It has a reputation for its Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The cooler Eden Valley focusses more on elegant wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Canberra District (ACT/NSW)
 
Canberra District is a relatively young wine region that encompasses vineyards in both the ACT and NSW.  It has a continental climate of extremes with cold, hard winters and hot, dry summers producing note-worthy Riesling and Shiraz varieties, as well as blends such as an award-winning Shiraz Viognier. 
 
Clare Valley (SA)
 
The Clare Valley is an influential wine region thanks to the combination of classic, traditional wine producers coupled with a history of experimentation.  The warm, moderately continental climate combines with cooler afternoon and night breezes to create varied conditions and cooler-climate sites which help local winemakers set the benchmark for classic Riesling flavours.  Other notable varieties for the area include Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
Coonawarra (SA)
 
The Coonawarra region is set along the magnificent Limestone coast and is famous in wine circles for its strip of valuable terra rossa soil.  Coonawarra is situated only 100 kilometres inland from the coast so has a fairly moderate ocean-influenced climate with the dry, but relatively cool summers ripening grape varieties perfectly.  Coonawarra is recognised as one of the most important regions in Australia for the Cabernet Sauvignon produced here, though the Shiraz and Merlot are highly regarded too.
 
Margaret River (WA)
 
Despite is global renown, the Margaret River region is actually one of the worlds younger wine regions.  It is one of the world’s most geographically isolated regions with a Mediterranean climate strongly influenced by the ocean which surrounds it on three sides.  Notable varieties for Margaret River include Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which have a reputation for being elegant and refined.
 
McLaren Vale (SA)
 
McLaren Vale is the birthplace of wine in South Australia and is home to one of the most environmental conscious wine communities in Australia.  The Mediterranean climate typically boasts warm summers and mild winters.  Around 90% of the grapes grown here are red varieties with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache dominating the space.  However, since nearly all vines thrive here, experimentation is a big focus for the region for alternative varieties such as Barbera, Fiano, Sangiovese, Vermentino and Zinfandel.

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Mornington Peninsula (VIC)
 
The Mornington Peninsula region features over 200 vineyards tucked into the southern corner of the mainland.  Most of the vineyards are small, many are family run and the easy access to Melbourne has seen a boom in boutique wineries.  Mornington Peninsula is Australia’s only maritime wine region with its exposure to prevailing breezes creating an array of meso and microclimates.  The region is famed for its Pinot Noir, though other key varieties are Chardonnay and Pinot Gris/Grigio
 
Orange (NSW)
 
The Orange region has number of distinctive features including an extinct volcano and being of the highest altitude vineyard areas in Australia.  It has a continental climate that features warm summer days and cool nights.  While the signature variety for the Orange region is Chardonnay, it is able to produce a diverse range of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
 
Rutherglen (VIC)
 
The historic Rutherglen region is renowned globally for its wines and is known as the capital of fortified wines.  Some of the award winning white, red and fortified wines from this region are produced by fifth and sixth generation winemakers.  The climate is classically continental  with hot summers, dry autumns and cold winters.  Rutherglen produces the uniquely Australian Muscat and Muscadelle which are recognised as among the best in the world. Other important varieties are Shiraz and Durif.
 
Tasmania (TAS)
 
Unsurprisingly, nestled as it is between mainland Australia and Antarctica, Tasmania is Australia’s coolest climate region, heavily influenced by the westerly winds that come in off the Southern Ocean.  The growing conditions found in Tasmania are ideal for intensely flavoured and highly aromatic wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  A good portion of their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir yield also go into a fine selection of sparkling wines.
 
Yarra Valley (VIC)
 
Famed for being the birthplace of Victoria’s wine industry, it is one of Australia’s leading cool-climate regions.  Surrounded by mountain ranges, the Yarra Valley is home to both classic and innovative winemakers.  Yarra Valley has long been famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but it also yields world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Although non-alcoholic wine is boobing, it is still very new compared to the long history of Australian wine. If you are looking for non-alcoholic wine I suggest that you shop by wine variety. 

Around 30% of the wine produced is Shiraz and 19% is Chardonnay. If you’re somebody that likes their random wine facts, these are the oldest two varieties produced in Australia and they were first produced in Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley (NSW)
 
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s best known wine region and home of some of the oldest vine stock in the world, with vineyards dating back to the 1860s.  It has a sub-tropical climate with warm, humid days through Spring and Summer, and cold nights in Autumn and Winter.  The Hunter Valley creates some of the finest and most unique Semillon in the world, along with world class Chardonnay, Shiraz and a growing list of alternative varieties that thrive in the warm climate. 

Lindeman's Alcohol-Free Semillon Chardonnay

 

Adelaide Hills (SA)
 
The Adelaide Hills region boasts one of the most diverse terrains in the country. It is also the coolest and most elevated in Australia. The steep terrain creates several microclimates across the valley that work beautifully for different varieties of wines which may be part of the reason Adelaide, has recently been named one of nine Great Wine Capitals of the world, (along with Bordeaux in France and Bilbao Rioja in Spain). Adelaide Hills is well-regarded for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz, which are well suited to the region’s cool climate.

Best non alcoholic wine australia? Sans Drinks has it.
 
Barossa (SA)
 
The Barossa includes the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley regions and is renowned globally for its quality wines.  It is also home to some of the oldest continuously producing Shiraz, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Mataro, Grenache and Riesling vines in the world.  The Barossa Valley has a warmer, Mediterranean climate while the Eden Valley has a cooler climate. The warmer climate of the Barossa Valley is favourable for full-bodied red wines, fortified wines, and robust whites. It has a reputation for its Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The cooler Eden Valley focusses more on elegant wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

V.NO Alcohol Removed Red Wine

 

Cimicky Sparkling Zero Non-Alc Red Wine

 
 
Canberra District (ACT/NSW)
 
Canberra District is a relatively young wine region that encompasses vineyards in both the ACT and NSW.  It has a continental climate of extremes with cold, hard winters and hot, dry summers producing note-worthy Riesling and Shiraz varieties, as well as blends such as an award-winning Shiraz Viognier. 
 
Clare Valley (SA)
 
The Clare Valley is an influential wine region thanks to the combination of classic, traditional wine producers coupled with a history of experimentation.  The warm, moderately continental climate combines with cooler afternoon and night breezes to create varied conditions and cooler-climate sites which help local winemakers set the benchmark for classic Riesling flavours.  Other notable varieties for the area include Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
Coonawarra (SA)
 
The Coonawarra region is set along the magnificent Limestone coast and is famous in wine circles for its strip of valuable terra rossa soil.  Coonawarra is situated only 100 kilometres inland from the coast so has a fairly moderate ocean-influenced climate with the dry, but relatively cool summers ripening grape varieties perfectly.  Coonawarra is recognised as one of the most important regions in Australia for the Cabernet Sauvignon produced here, though the Shiraz and Merlot are highly regarded too.
 
Margaret River (WA)
 
Despite is global renown, the Margaret River region is actually one of the worlds younger wine regions.  It is one of the world’s most geographically isolated regions with a Mediterranean climate strongly influenced by the ocean which surrounds it on three sides.  Notable varieties for Margaret River include Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which have a reputation for being elegant and refined.
 
McLaren Vale (SA)
 
McLaren Vale is the birthplace of wine in South Australia and is home to one of the most environmental conscious wine communities in Australia.  The Mediterranean climate typically boasts warm summers and mild winters.  Around 90% of the grapes grown here are red varieties with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache dominating the space.  However, since nearly all vines thrive here, experimentation is a big focus for the region for alternative varieties such as Barbera, Fiano, Sangiovese, Vermentino and Zinfandel.

Is wine good for you? Non alcoholic wine certainly is
 
Mornington Peninsula (VIC)
 
The Mornington Peninsula region features over 200 vineyards tucked into the southern corner of the mainland.  Most of the vineyards are small, many are family run and the easy access to Melbourne has seen a boom in boutique wineries.  Mornington Peninsula is Australia’s only maritime wine region with its exposure to prevailing breezes creating an array of meso and microclimates.  The region is famed for its Pinot Noir, though other key varieties are Chardonnay and Pinot Gris/Grigio
 
Orange (NSW)
 
The Orange region has number of distinctive features including an extinct volcano and being of the highest altitude vineyard areas in Australia.  It has a continental climate that features warm summer days and cool nights.  While the signature variety for the Orange region is Chardonnay, it is able to produce a diverse range of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
 
Rutherglen (VIC)
 
The historic Rutherglen region is renowned globally for its wines and is known as the capital of fortified wines.  Some of the award winning white, red and fortified wines from this region are produced by fifth and sixth generation winemakers.  The climate is classically continental  with hot summers, dry autumns and cold winters.  Rutherglen produces the uniquely Australian Muscat and Muscadelle which are recognised as among the best in the world. Other important varieties are Shiraz and Durif.
 
Tasmania (TAS)
 
Unsurprisingly, nestled as it is between mainland Australia and Antarctica, Tasmania is Australia’s coolest climate region, heavily influenced by the westerly winds that come in off the Southern Ocean.  The growing conditions found in Tasmania are ideal for intensely flavoured and highly aromatic wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  A good portion of their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir yield also go into a fine selection of sparkling wines.
 
Yarra Valley (VIC)
 
Famed for being the birthplace of Victoria’s wine industry, it is one of Australia’s leading cool-climate regions.  Surrounded by mountain ranges, the Yarra Valley is home to both classic and innovative winemakers.  Yarra Valley has long been famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but it also yields world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Although non-alcoholic wine is boobing, it is still very new compared to the long history of Australian wine. If you are looking for non-alcoholic wine I suggest that you shop by wine variety. 

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