France, Italy and Australia – what is one thing common in these countries? World famous wineries! Yes while French and Italian have an unquestionable reputation, Australia too has some of the oldest known wine yards and produces award winning wines in spite of the vast differences in the climate from Europeans countries! You don’t need to be a wine connoisseur to taste the wines but can always sample amazing wine food and culture in those wine festivals across the country and enjoy the wine Australian way!
There are 60 wine regions in Australia and though wines wine is produced in almost every state, South Australia, New South Wales Victoria and Western Australia are particularly famous.
History of Wine Regions of Australia
The first attempt of making wine in Australia can be traced back to 1788 when first vines cuttings arrived with First Fleet from the Cape of Good Hope to New South Wales. Despite facing failures due to hot and humid weather (well it is Australia), the perseverance of the local wine makers finally paid off and by 1820, Australian wine finally became a truth! James Busby is a prominent name for the Australian wine Industry as this man scouted Europe and came back with 650 varieties of grapes, 362 of them ultimately survived and finally planted in the Botanical Gardens of Sydney and the start of the flourishing viticulture began!
Things to do!
- Since there are 60 wine regions in Australia spread mostly in South Australia, New South Wales Victoria and Western Australia, the tourist visiting these parts of Australia can taste the wines and food exclusively!
- Hunter Valley, New South Wales, was where the wine was first produced in Australia at the commercial level. While you are there, don’t forget to indulge in dining and wine. With a wine tasting master class and 150 cellar doors to browse through, who knows you can become a pretty good wine taster at least in your area. Taste local cheese, chocolates, dairy products and olives. Golf, hot air balloon and helicopter rides are also available to enjoy.
- Victoria which has very diverse climate and thus produces the almost all variants of the wine ranging from sparkling to Pinot Noir to Shiraz to fortified wines. Yarra Valley, Rutherglen, Murray river are each famous for their special wines. You can trail wine yards enjoy picnic and taste organic farm products. Mornington Peninsula and Geelong are famous for their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
- South Australia is indeed the most important state regarding wine industry. Clare valley is one of the oldest regions to produce wines, chiefly famous for Australian Riesling. Besides, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes are produced here thanks to the Mediterranean type climate in the region. You can cycle through or fire a feeling royal – ride limo and enjoy the winery. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Limestone Coast other wine producing regions Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.
- Wine making is mainly concentrated in the south west and great southern land division in Western Australia, Margret River is a famous food and wine destination. With some of the best sea foods and Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, Chardonnay, and CabernetSauvignon at your disposal, you will be spoiled for life!
The wine regions of Australia besides their world class wines are also famous for their home made chocolates, cheese and local cuisines. The food and wine festivals are excellent opportunities to indulge the delicacies
Australia is world fourth largest exporter of wine in the world.
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