Renowned for producing world-class wines, the Australian wine industry produces approximately 1.3 billion liters annually and exports about 800 million liters to drinkers around the world.
With 60 designated wine regions around the country, you can find one in every state, however Australia’s best wine regions are mainly in the southern, cooler parts of the country.
Known for hearty reds, fruity whites and delicious dessert wines, read on as we explore Australia’s best wine regions.
10. Swan Valley, WA
The Swan Valley is a historical wine region east of Perth, boasting some of Australia’s oldest vines and characterised by a close community of independent families. Whatever your tastes, a crafted local wine makes the perfect accompaniment to your Swan Valley experience. Regional specialities include Verdelho, Shiraz and Cabernet,
9. Hunter Valley, NSW
Less than a two-hour drive from Sydney and you will be transported into a scenic wine region. It is home to a range of beautiful restaurants and wineries that will have you have you coming back again and again.
8. McLaren Vale, SA
McLaren Vale is home to sustainable world-class wines and culinary experiences, as well as pristine beaches natural attractions. Best known for Shiraz, McLaren Vale also excels in the production of ultra-premium Grenache and Cabernet.
7. Yarra Valley, Vic
The Yarra Valley is a wine region surrounding the Yarra River, east of Melbourne in Victoria. It is a cool climate region that is best known for producing Chardonnay, sparkling wine and Pinot noir.
6. Barossa Valley, SA
The Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. The area encompasses towns such as Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, and an array of high-profile wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings. Shiraz grapes are the local speciality.
5. Tamar Valley, Tas
Stretching 60 km north from Launceston to Bass Strait along either side of the Tamar River, the Tamar Valley is one of Tasmania’s oldest and best wine regions. You can expect to taste excellent examples of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
4. Mornington Peninsula, Vic
The Mornington Peninsula wine region is located a short drive south of Melbourne. The region has a cool climate making wine growing ideal and focuses on Pinot noir production but has had success with other varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot gris and Tempranillo.
3. Orange, NSW
Orange is a city and wine region in the Central West region of New South Wales, about 3 and a half hours from Sydney. Recognised for its cool-climate wines and food scene, with family-run wineries, wine festivals and more.
2. Margaret River, WA
Margaret River is a small wine region south of Perth in western Australia, known for its craft breweries, boutiques and over 200 wineries. Beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast, whose waters host migratory whales (Jun–Nov).
1. Adelaide Hills, SA
The Adelaide Hills is a short drive east of Adelaide in South Australia. Famed for its premium cool climate wines, especially its distinct take on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.