…some of Australia’s best Wine Regions
Australia’s wine grape production is around 1.75 m tonnes per year, from a vineyard base of 146,000 hectares spread over 65 wine growing regions.
Australia has around 4 per cent of world wine production and is the world’s fifth largest wine exporter. It is made up of 65 wine regions, approximately 2500 wineries and over 6000 grape growers.
Australian wine growing areas extend from the Granite Belt in southern Queensland to Tasmania in the south and Margaret River in the west. Most of the regions are located on or near the coast. There is a big range of climates, soil types and varietal mixes making Australia’s wine offering very diverse.
There are over 100 varieties grown in Australia. The top five are: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Regional snapshots of the top 30 wine regions in Australia presented by Wine Australia.com:
ULTIMATE WINERY EXPERIENCES WITHIN AUSTRALIAN WINE REGIONS
Places to go, things to do…
Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is a collection of premium award-winning wineries in our Australian Wine Regions, offering diverse experiences beyond the cellar door presented by Australia.com:
...last but not least, a little bit of history on Australian Wine and Wine Regions
Australia’s winemaking history began with Captain Arthur Phillip’s grapevines, which suffered from black spot after their journey over on the First Fleet.
Three years later, 1.2ha of vines planted at Government House on the Parramatta River, New South Wales, were faring better. But it wasn’t until well-researched Scottish viticulturist James Busby arrived in 1824, and started planting in the Hunter Valley, that the industry took off.
New South Wales was Australia’s major wine producer until the late 19th century, when Victoria took over. Nowadays, South Australia produces nearly half the annual yield, New South Wales about a third, and Victoria around 15 per cent.
Today, Australia is consistently among the world’s top 10 producers, making about 4 per cent of the world’s wines.
Getting the basics right
- A constant temperature
- A regulated humidity
- Air tight cellar (depending on conditioner unit)
- suitable materials
- Air flow
- Thermal bridging