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Food and Wine Regions


From the outside, Australia as a wine-producing nation seems to have come from nowhere. Its wines have only made an impact on the international scene in the last two decades, and yet now it is responsible for more sales by volume in the UK than any other country, France included. The wines range from bargain basement reds and whites, up to the premium red wines such as Penfold's Grange and Jim Barry's Armagh. Of course, the view from the outside is somewhat distorted. Wine production, in both quantity and quality, has been a feature of Australia for centuries, not decades. It has well established wine styles that it can call its own, led by the splendid fortified Muscat wines. Sparkling red is also a popular style, and certain regions do wonderful things with the Semillon grape. And we haven't even mentioned the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon based red wines.

Although a vast continent, the vineyards of Australia are mainly concentrated in the south east, in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. There are regions of interest elsewhere, however, not least is Margaret River, a relatively cool climate region in Western Australia. Most capital cities have a wine region close by, so if you are living in a major city and planning a drive into the country, you'll never have far to travel if you'd like to add a little wine tasting into your itinerary.

South Australia

Adelaide Hills


Barossa Valley


Clare Valley


Mount Benson


Riverland


Southern Flinders


McLaren Vale


Currency Creek


Eden Valley


Mount Gambier


Robe


Coonawarra


Kangaroo Island


Langhorn Creek


Padthaway


Southern Fleurieu


Wrattonbully

Victoria

Sunbury


Beechworth


Alpine Valleys


King Valley


Glenrowan


Rutherglen


Strathbogie Ranges


Bellarine Peninsula


Yarra Valley


Heathcote


Geelong


Upper Goulburn


Goulburn Valley


Mornington Peninsula


Great Western


Macedon Ranges


Grampians


Henty


Ballarat


Pyrenees

New South Wales

Hunter Valley


Sydney Region


Riverina


Tumbarumba


Hastings River


Mudgee


Hilltops


Shoalhaven


Canberra District


Orange


Perricoota


Southern Highlands


Cowra


Gundagai

Tasmania

Tamar Valley


Coal River (Richmond)


Piper River

Western Australia

Swan Valley


Perth Hills


Peel


Geographe


Southern Forests


Margaret River


Blackwood Valley


Great Southern

Queensland

Granite Belt


Atherton Food Trail



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