Australia is without doubt a world power when it comes to wine production. When the term new world wines is mentioned, then Australia is probably the first country that comes to mind. And rightly so. The Chardonnays and Semillons of the Hunter Valley are well established and in recent years some outstanding wines have been produced in the Margaret River region. In the opinion of many, these are wine growing regions which have earned the same level of respect as Alsace, Burgundy or Champagne.
Australia is the world’s fourth biggest exporter of wine, worth £1.5b annually, after Italy, France and Spain.
As befitting a continent with an amazing range of geography and climate, the breadth and depth of wines made Down Under is staggering. Happily you don't have to travel to the southern hemisphere to get your hands on it when you can buy Australian wine online.
While certain Shiraz producers have achieved cult status among wine lovers the world over, other grape varietals have been given a new lease of life by forward thinking, innovative Australian winemakers and the technological advancements in wine-growing made by organizations such as the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).
This attention to detail and close observation of prevailing trends guarantees that you can find something to suit both your wallet and your taste buds.
Much of Australian wine in produced in the south east of the continent, an area so large it’s been labeled a super zone. Margaret River is in the west, while Tasmania has seen a 300 per cent increase in wine production in the last decade, producing quality chardonnay and pinot noirs which are starting to attract serious global attention.
In all there are more than 60 designated wine regions in the country. As mentioned previously the Hunter Valley area is famous for producing a style of Chardonnay, often heavily oaked, which is one of the most distinctive and best loved wines of Australia. It also produces world-renowned Semillons.