Australia is sometimes best known for its bulk production wines from South Eastern Australia such as Lindeman’s and Jacob’s Creek. This has somewhat degraded the reputation that Australian wine has around the world. However, in recent years, they have produced some cracking wines and if you choose your region carefully, you can get some great wines.
Some of the famous wine regions in Australia are as follows:
- Barossa Valley: this wine region just North of Adelaide is most famous for Shiraz. It also produces some Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Semillion.
- Hunter Valley: the Hunter valley is North of Sydney and is famous for its Shiraz and Semillions. Its Semillions are some of the best in the world and take on entirely new characteristics when aged.
- Eden Valley and Clare Valley: these valleys to the North of Adelaide are best known for Riesling. Both have vineyards at high altitudes, which means the vineyards are cool at night and very warm in the day. These temperature variations produce some truly spectacular wines.
- Margaret River: this region situated to the South of Perth is incredibly warm but benefits from the sea breeze. It produces wines of many varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion.
- Yarra Valley: this valley produces some excellent Chardonnays. Usually oaked, these wines are typically full of tropical fruit flavours, perfect for summer drinking.
Finding Australian vegan wine is a hit and miss affair. Some of the big producers do use animal products, presumably to keep costs down. However, a lot of the new wave of producers who take care of their wines are more likely to put consideration into these choices. For more information on what makes wine vegan, click here.