New Year, new wineries.
Australia’s viticulture started after the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788. It has grown to the point that there are more than 100 different grape varieties across 65 wine regions. Here are 5 must visit Australian wine regions for 2019:
- Yarra Valley, Victoria
This valley has 300 vineyards and 160 wineries. This region produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. This region utilises production practices that are revolutionary.
- Hunter Valley, New South Wales
James Busby, the father of Australian wine set up this place in the mid-19th century after bringing 20,000 vine cuttings from Europe to Australia. This place is renowned for it Chardonnay , Shiraz and Semillon that becomes more flavourful with age. This place’s closeness to Sydney attracts renowned performers like Elton John and The Rolling Stones. This area hosts the yearly Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival as well.
- The Barossa Valley, South Australia
This place is rich in history and built by German settlers in 1842. It is also the homeplace of some of the world’s oldest vines which are over 100 years old. This region produces Shiraz, Chardonnay, Eden Valley Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. This place has more than 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors for wine lovers.
- Margaret River, Western Australia
This place has solidified its reputation as one of the leading wine producing regions in just 50 years as there is an estimated amount of 215 boutique produces which makes up 20 per cent of Australia’s top-notch wines. This place also has a climate like Burgundy in France and produces Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
- Coonawarra, South Australia
Coonawarra is the Aboriginal word for honeysuckle. The rust coloured “tessa rossa” soil is well-known for producing some of the best grapes used for making wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.