Australia by Producer
As the 4th largest exporter of wine in the world, Australia has achieved an incredible amount for a nation that only harvested its first bunch of grapes just over 200 years ago. Regardless of this, Australia has some of the oldest vines of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in the world, many brought over from Europe with the first migrant ships. Southern Australia has a cooler climate than the rest of the country and therefore the majority of the country’s wineries are located here in the well-known Coonawarra region and the Barossa and Clare Valleys.
Looking to Bordeaux for inspiration, today many Australian winemakers produce balanced and elegant wines, in particular Cabernet Sauvignons. Australia is also now known for its world-class Chardonnays which are much leaner, crisper and more restrained than the buttery, oaky flavours of Australia’s past.