History of Australian Wine

Australia is unlike other old-world countries like France and Spain. There are not wines that are named after regions, like Champagne. Any wine grape can be grown anywhere, and they are named after the actual grape used. Certain regions are known to grow certain grapes well, however, and those are interesting to watch as winemaking grows on this continent.

Over 95% of all Australian wines are grown in the 'South-Eastern' appellation. While there are over 800 wineries, four companies account for 80% of the wine produced here. Even so, the total output of the entire country of Australia is still less than what the Gallo winery in the US creates each year. It's all relative.

Barossa Valley
Located just north of Adelaide in the south-east region of Australia, this is one of the older areas for growing wine. North Adelaide was planted in 1837. The climate here is hot and dry, and produces great, traditional reds. Intriguingly, the valley was originally known as Barrossa with two Rs, but clerical errors led to the loss of one of the letters in the name.

This valley's wineries are known for their Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Clare Valley
Located just north of the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley is the northernmost vine area in the South Australian appellation. It is hotter and drier than most other vineyards in Australia, and the low irrigation used creates very strongly flavored wines.

The Clare Valley makes good Riesling as well as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Coonawarra
Loated on the west coast of the southeastern leg of Australia, Coonawarra is the most southerly vine area in thse South Australian appellation. This region creates delicious wines with its limestone subsoil and low heat.

Coonawarra is most well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon.

Hunter Valley
This region is on the eastern coast of Australia, near Sydney. Vines were first planted here in teh 1820s. It was originally known for very strong flavored Shiraz, but recently newer wines such as Rosemount's Reserve Chardonnay have brought new attention to this region.

The Hunter Valley is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

McLaren Vale
This region is barely south of Adelaide, and encompasses an area that has a variety of soil types. This allows a variety of grapes to grow, and for each grape to take on a range of flavors. It can produce full reds, fresh whites, and even dessert wines.

The McLaren Vale is known for its Sauvignon Blanc. It also creates Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The McLaren Vale is known for its Sauvignon Blanc. It also creates Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Australian Wine
   
19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon Australia 2016 $9.99
19 Crimes Red Wine Australia 2016 $9.99
19 Crimes The Warden Australia Red Wine 2015 $19.99
Babich Hawke's Bay Pinot Noir New Zealand 2014 $7.99
Babich Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2016 $7.99
Babich Hawke's Bay Aged Sauvignon Blanc Black Label New Zealand Must Buy Three or More Bottles 2015 $7.99
Barrosa Valley Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley Australia 2013 $14.99
Beresford Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2013 $19.99
Beresford Chardonnay Single Vineyard McLaren Vale 2013 $19.99
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2011 $4.99
Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2016 $12.99
Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2015 $7.99
D'Arenberg The Noble Riesling Australia 2003 375ml $9.99
Greg Norman Cabernet Merlot Limestone Coast Auatralia 2010 $9.99
Greg Norman Shiraz Cabernet Limestone Coast Auatralia 2009 $9.99
Greg Norman Shiraz Limestone Coast Australia 2012 $12.95
Hardys Shiraz 2008 Australia 750ml $5.99
Hay Maker Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2014 $9.99
Jacob's Creek Shiraz Australia 2009 $6.99
Jacob's Creek Two Land Shiraz Australia 2013 $5.99
Kim Crawford Pinot Gris Marlborough New Zealand 2016 $12.99
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2016 When you buy six or more bottles $10.99
Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay East Coast New Zealand 2015 $12.99
Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay New Zealand 2009 94/100 $34.99
Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Art Series Margaret River Australia 2012 $54.99
Lindeman's Shiraz Bin 50 2010 1.5 liter $9.99
Matua Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand 2013 $9.99
Matua Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2015 $9.99
Mollydooker Carnival Of Love Australia 2009 94/100 $79.99
Mollydooker Enchanted Path Australia 2006 93/100 94/100 $74.99
Mollydooker Enchanted Path Australia 2012 $74.99
Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2015 $27.99
Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz Australia 2009 97/100 96/100 $149.99
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Nobilo Marlborough New Zealand 2014 $16.99
Oxford Landing GSM Australia 2008 $7.99
Oxford Landing Shiraz Australia 2008 $7.99
Penfolds Grange Shiraz Australia 2002 95/100 98/100 $399.99
Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Australia 2004 98/100 99/100 $499.99
Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Australia 2006 98/100 98+/100 $499.99
Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Australia 2008 100/100 100/100 $999.99
Penfolds RWT Shiraz Australia 2004 92/100 95/100 $79.99
Penfolds RWT Shiraz Australia 2004 1.5 liter 92/100 95/100 $299.99
Penfolds RWT Shiraz Australia 2008 93/100 93+/100 $119.99
Peter Lehmann Clancy's Red Blend Barossa Australia 2013 $14.99
Peter Lehmann Portrait Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Australia 2014 $14.99
Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz Barossa Australia 2014 $14.99
R.L.Buller & Son Tawny Australia 375ml $9.99
R.L.Buller & Son Tokay Australia 375ml $9.99
Rosemount Estate Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon Australia 2011 $5.99
Seppelt Show Fino Sherry Australia $9.99
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2015 $9.99
Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2013 $9.99
The Little Penguin Shiraz Australia 2009 $5.99
Twelftree Grenache Mataro Greenock Barossa Valley Australia 2010 90+/100 $39.99
Twelftree Grenache Blewitt Springs Mclaren Vale Australia 2010 91/100 $39.99
Twelftree Shiraz Blewitt Springs Mclaren Vale Australia 2010 92/100 $39.99
Two Hands Ares Shiraz Australia 2005 Wine Spectator Rated 98/100 $199.99
Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Shiraz Australia 2011 $29.99
Villa Maria Pinot Noir New Zealand 2015 $14.99
Villa Maria Rose' New Zealand 2016 $10.99
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2016 $10.99
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Bubbly New Zealand 2015 $11.99
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2016 $16.99
Willowglen Reserve Tawny Australia $9.99
Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Australia 2013 $9.99
   
   
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