Return to New World Wines


Australia is one of the world’s lea­ding wine count­ries — more wine is pro­du­ced Down Under than in Germany. Australian red wine in par­ti­cu­lar has gai­ned inter­na­tio­nal reco­gni­ti­on. Around 60 per­cent of the wine-growing area in Australia is plan­ted with red gra­pe varie­ties. They are main­ly loca­ted in viney­ards in the south of the coun­try. The sta­tes of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia pro­du­ce par­ti­cu­lar­ly lar­ge quan­ti­ties of wine.

Most popu­lar gra­pe varie­ties and best-known wines in Australia
A litt­le more than 40% of the wines grown are white vines- include Chardonnay, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling. The remai­ning almost 60% are red. Among the­se are in the first place Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo.

Most important gro­wing areas

  • South Australia: Barossa Valley Mc Laren Vale, Riverland, Coonawarra, Adalaide Hills
  • Western Australia: Margret River, Swan Valley
  • Victoria: Goulburn Valley, Yarra Valley, Pinisula
  • New South Wales: Hunter Valley, Reverina
  • Canberra: Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale
  • and Tasmania.

Main trans­ship­ment points (ports)
Melbourne, Adalaide, Perth

from Country Reports WEIN+MARKT 3|2023

Demand con­ti­nues to decli­ne slight­ly — howe­ver, hig­her pri­ces can defi­ni­te­ly be expec­ted in 2023 with a smal­ler harvest.