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Wine regions of South Australia

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Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills is a premium wine growing region renowned for its cool climate wines. A versatile region with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz popular varietals. It was first planted around the 1830's and includes the exclusive sub regions of Lenswood, Piccadilly Valley. The are produces around 18,000 tonnes of Grapes or about 1 Million cases of wine a year !

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley is an awesome wine region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. Some of Australia's most recognised red wines and significant brands come from the Barossa Valley. The area covers towns such as Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, and is host to a number of significant cellar doors and vineyards that helped establish the Australian Wine industry. Shiraz grapes are the predominant varietal.

Coonawarra

The Coonawarra is a blue ribbon wine region set about an hour north of Mt.Gambier in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. It is known for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced on its "terra rossa" soil.

Clare Valley

Clare Valley is situated north of Adelaide in South Australia and is often declared the best area for the riesling varietal. The region plays host to many of Australia's most famous wine brands with Jim Barry, Annie's Lane, Grosset, O'Leary Walker, Leasingham and Petaluma just a few to mention. This region is often used to source iconic shiraz that is used to blend with other regions to create some of the most elegant shiraz made in Australia.

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale wine region is only Only 45 minutes south of Adelaide in South Australia and is home to some Australia's big bold Cabernet and Shiraz wines. The Mediterranean climate continues to be the major factor in all wines and produce from the area. Shiraz, ultra-premium Grenache and Cabernet are the key varietals that work in this region

Wine regions of Victoria

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Geelong / Bellarine Peninsula

The Geelong wine region is about an hour’s drive to the South West of Melbourne. The climate in this region is cool and many of the vineyards, particularly those on the Bellarine Peninsula, benefit from a cooling maritime influence during summer and autumn. This wine region is easily accessible and can be visited en route to Victoria’s Surf Coast and the Great Ocean Road. A wide range of grape varietals are grown here, but the stand outs are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Some of the alternative varietals found are Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Zindafel, Malbec and Tempranillo.

Heathcote

The prestigious region of Heathcote is nestled between Bendigo to the west, Goulburn Valley to the east and the state border of New South Wales to the north. The world class wines produced here are award winning and the Heathcote Shiraz in particular are renowned for their unique character. Cabernet Sauvignon is also another prominent grape variety grown and produced here. Other grape varieties found here are Merlot, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.

King Valley

Nestled amongst the Victorian Alps, the King Valley is in northeast Victoria and produces a wide variety of wine styles. The region stretches along the King River from near Glenrowan and into the Victorian Alps. The region serves as a kind of province for Italian grape varieties with generations of winemaking families producing groundbreaking Italian varietals. The most widely produced grape varieties are Prosecco (now officially Glera), Sangiovese, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris.

Mornington Peninsula

Considered to be one of Victoria's most important wine regions, the landscape is stunning with hilly, rolling green pastures and tranquil vineyards. This region is one of Australia's coolest wine growing regions and sits between Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait. The cool climate wines produced here are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley was Victoria’s first wine growing region. Vines were first planted in 1838. Today it is recognised for its flexiblity in makes . The Yarra Valley is the market leader when it comes to Premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Given its proximity to the city of Melbourne it is also one of the closest wine regions to a major city. Day trips are more than accessible from the city and tourism plays a critical role with the wine loving community.

Wine regions of New South Whales

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Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is unquestionably the best-known and most highly prized wine region in New South Wales. The area is of significant historical importance to the Australian wine industry, which effectively started there. The Hunter Valley's most famous wine style is its distinctive dry Semillon, made there since the 1870s and renowned for the ability to improve with age. The valley's relationship with Chardonnay is 100 years shorter, but no less significant. It was here that Australia's first Chardonnay was made. Australia's national red grape, Shiraz, is also long-established in the Hunter Valley. Like the other wine styles from the region, it has a character which is as much regional as it is varietal – equal parts 'Hunter' and 'Shiraz'.

Mudgee

Mudgee (an Aboriginal word meaning nest in the hills) is one of the longest-established viticultural regions in eastern Australia, alongside the Hunter Valley immediately to the east. This area of New South Wales has been home to enterprising, small-scale winemakers since the 1850s, and has begun to expand significantly in both scale and renown in the past 20 years. There are now around three dozen winery cellar doors offering wine tasting to tempt travellers from Sydney, around a four hour drive away. During September the region holds a large-scale wine and food festival. Known for richly flavored red wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and some equally rich white wines; Chardonnay and Semillon are the dominant varieties, joined by increasing quantities of Viognier.

Wine regions of Western Australia

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Margaret River

Margaret River is the southern most wine region in Western Australia. Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the most famous varietals grown.
The style is unique with a significant indian ocean maritime influence the key difference.

Wine regions of Tasmania

Tasmania is the 'Island State' of the 'Island Continent', and the most southerly state of Australia. It lies 150 miles (240km) off the coast of Victoria, on the opposite side of the Bass Strait – a relatively shallow channel which separates the Great Australian Bight from the Tasman Sea. The climate here is markedly different from the mainland, and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dominate the vineyards, making light, elegant still wines and some of Australia's best sparkling wines.

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Coal River

al River’s first commercial vineyards started appearing in the 1970s making Coal River a somewhat recent addition to Australia's wine industry. The few, small-scale wineries that do operate in the area are taking advantage of the environment around them with the cool and dry conditions, producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling, all Tasmania specialties. Running from the hills north of Hobart to the coast. Here, the hills offer protection from the predominant westerly weather systems as well as giving the vineyards a lush and fertile area of rivers and farmland alongside Tasmania’s cool climate serves the Coal River Valley very well. The areas natural beauty and close proximity to Tasmania’s main centre, Hobart, has made it an obvious choice for wine tourists.

Wine Regions of New Zealand

New Zealand is a premier new-world wine country, producing award-winning wines. The cool climate wine growing regions, the grape varieties, soil structure and mini-climates in these geographical areas are varied, producing a broad spectrum of wines. The vineyards of New Zealand benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 120km, or 80 miles, from the ocean), long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes. Some of the wine grapes that this new world is best known for include: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir as well as high prevalence of sustainable and organic wines.

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Marlborough

Marlborough has been the key influence for putting New Zealand on the international wine stage with its famous Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980s. Around 65% of all vines are within the Marlborough region. Varieties, Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, and the famous Sauvignon Blanc are a very distinctive palate and highly recognisable right around the world.

Central Otago

The variety of Pinot Noir flourishes in the Central Otago, the lighter more delicate version is ranked highly by wine experts around the world. One of the most picturesque regions Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc also thrive in this New Zealand south Island haven.

Wine Regions of France

France is arguably the world’s most important and one of the largest wine-producing countries and delivers approximately 2,900 different wines. Due to the countries wide range of climates and terroirs it is able to produce such a diverse range of varieties. Famously known for being the home of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne. French wine production ranges from low-end simple wines to high-end quality wines. Some of the wine grapes that this old world region is best known for include: Merlot, Grenache (aka Garnacha), Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carignan, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Alsace

Alsace is located northeast of France and is something of a hidden treasure, known for its very aromatic, floral and spicy white wines. The white wines make up over 90% of the region’s production. The wines are heavily influenced by their German neighbours due to their long history, and even the bottles share the same fluted shape. Alsace benefits from a semi-continental climate, which is mostly sunny, hot and dry. Located in the foothills of the Vosges mountains, the vineyards are positioned in a rain shadow and are well exposed to the sun, which suits the slow ripening grape varieties grown here. Méthode traditionelle sparkling wine is produced here made predominantly from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. The key grape varietals grown and produced here are Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris.

Burgundy

Burgundy (“Bourgogne”) may be small in size but its influence is huge in the world of wine. The region is in Eastern France in the valleys and slopes west of the Saône, a tributary of the Rhône. The most famous wines produced here are dry red wines made from Pinot noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. Red and white wines are also made from other grape varieties, such as Gamay and Aligoté, respectively. Rosé and sparkling wines are also produced in the region in small amounts. Chardonnay-dominated Chablis and Gamay-dominated Beaujolais are officially part of the Burgundy wine region, but wines from those subregions are usually referred to by their individual names rather than as "Burgundy wines".

Bordeaux

Bordeaux needs no introduction; it is the hub of the renowned wine-growing region and is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. This prestigious region has diversity, quality and quantity when it comes to growing grapes and producing wine. Almost 90% of production volume are the dry, medium and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that secured its reputation. Both red and white Bordeaux wines are almost always blended. The grape varieties that are permissible in red Bordeaux blends are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. While wine making styles vary, a general rule of thumb is that the Left Bank is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based with the Right Bank being more Merlot based. The Graves area produces both red wine (from the grapes previously mentioned) and white wine from the Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. The area of Sauternes (including Barsac) is known for its botrytized dessert wines.

Champagne

Champagne is a white sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France. Champagne is always sparkling wine but sparkling wine isn’t always Champagne. The primary grape varieties used to make Champagne are Pinot Noir, pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Sparkling wine that can be labelled as ‘Champagne’ must be made using grapes grown in the Champagne region of North-eastern France that comply to rules requiring secondary fermentation in the bottle. Food pairings: Mushrooms, Nuts, Potato Chips, aged hard cheeses, creamy pasta or risotto, fish and seafood.

Rhône

The Rhône Valley is located in the southeast of France and is a key wine-producing region. It follows the north–south course of the Rhône river for almost 150 miles (240km) from Lyon to the Rhône Delta (the Bouches-du-Rhône), near the Mediterranean coast. Like every wine region, the wines of the Rhône Valley obtain their special qualities and unique flavour profile from their terroir, climate, the individuality of the winemaker, and the Rhône Valley wine grapes planted in the vineyards. This region is a huge, diverse viticultural area and has an infinite range of wine styles. The price range for wines is as diverse as the terroir. The wines grown and produced in this region are Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache and Mourvèdre which make up the blend GSM using Syrah.

Wine regions of Italy

Italian Wine production uses some of the oldest techniques in the world. The country produces a significant variety of different styles with more than 15 different varietals dominating the palates of wine lovers everywhere. Italy produces more than 30% of the worlds total production. Italian wine is one of the most exported wines with many countries having a significant appetite for the styles that come from this great wine growing / making country. Some of the wine grapes that this old world region is best known for include: Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Trebbiano Toscano, Barbera, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Nero d’avola, Vermentino and Nebbiolo.

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Piedmonte

Piedmont is located in Northwest Italy and is cupped by the Alps which encircles its northern and western sides and has the Apennines to the South which is where you’ll find the quality wine production in Piedmont. The low coastal hills divide Piedmont from its long thin neighbour Liguria and the Mediterranean beyond. This region has been described as the “Burgundy” of Italy which has a focus on quality and has many smaller family run wineries. Around 40% of wine production in Piedmont is at DOC and DOCG level, with more DOCs and DOCGs than any other Italian region. Piedmont is challenged only by Veneto and Tuscany for the top spot among Italian wine regions. Nebbiolo an important grape variety in this region along with Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato and Chardonnay.

Other international wine regions

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