Over the past decade, Australian wines have grown at a faster
pace than any other nation in the world. By far Australia's most
prominent red varietal is Shiraz (also known as Syrah). Often blended
with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon, Australian Shiraz wines are quite
remarkable. Chardonnay is as dominant in whites as Shiraz is in
reds in Australia. Many Australian winemakers add a touch of Semillon to their
Chardonnay wines to add a bit of complexity.
Located in Victoria, the Yarra Valley is home to a much cooler climate than the
other wine growing regions. The cool climate wines produced can be said to be
equal to some of the finest wines anywhere. World-class sparkling wines, Chardonnay,
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz all thrive and prosper in Yarra Valley's
McLaren Vale is one of the most richly varied and highly developed areas in
Australia, producing intensely flavored and colored red wines and similarly
powerful white wines. Due to varying exposure to the cooling influence of the
nearby ocean, there is substantial climatic variation in the region.
The Padthaway district is situated 85km north of Coonawarra. The region is at an elevation
of only 100 feet above sea level and covers relatively flat terrain. There are
two main soil types: deep yellow duplex soils on the slopes, and loamy red soils
similar to the terra rossa soil type.
First planted in vines in 1890, the Coonawarra region today boasts some of the most
expensive viticultural land in Australia and produces many of Australia's great
The Barossa Valley is one of the most famous regions is Australia. Rich in history
dating back to 1847, it has profound German influence. The climate has a wide diurnal
temperature range with a high maximum, a high average of sunshine, and low humidity
and rainfall - all adding up to a climate ideal for full-bodied red wines, excellent
fortified wines, and generally robust white wines.
The Clare Valley is a high quality producer of long lived, intensely flavored and strongly
structured reds and intensely floral Rieslings. Altitude, aspect, and position within the
valley all lead to considerable site climate variation.