A Directory of Wine Grape Varieties in Australia

Compiled by Vinodiversity


This directory aims to include all of alternative varieties used to make Australian wine. Various sources have been used to compile this Directory. It is subject to revision. You can help by sending feedback about errors or omissions.


A red wine variety from Southern Italy. It is known for its ability to produce wines with high levels of tannin in Warm growing conditions. It has attracted considerable interest in Australia over recent years. More about Aglianico


A white wine variety whose home is north west Spain and Portugal. Some commentators believe it is the same variety as Petit manseng which is widely grown in South-west France on the other side of the Pyrenees. More about Albarino.


Italian red wine variety best known for its sweet dessert wine. It is grown in Australia by a handful of growers.
More about Aleatico


The second string white grape variety (after Chardonnay) in Burgundy. Used for wine intended to be drunk young or mixed with cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) to make a refreshing aperitif called kir. Grown in the Mornington Peninsula by Hickinbotham.

Alicante bouschet

A red wine variety which is falling from favour in most areas of the world, including Australia, where it is grown. Curiously, unlike most other varieties the juice as well as the skin is pigmented. Represented in Australia by Rockford in the Barossa Valley and Vinden in the Hunter Valley. More about Alicante Bouschet


This white wine variety was bred in France. It is grown in Australia under licence by Beelgara Estate


An elegant Italian white wine variety from Piedmonte now creating quite a buzz in Australia.
More about Arneis


Albarino to Zinfandel has food pairing ideas for varietal wines

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