Australian Wine in the UK

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When you’re ordering wine at a nice restaurant, or browsing the wine section at a Marks and Spencer, or even looking at ordering wine online, there are a few regions that stand out: California, Italy, France, and South Africa are easily recognizable as some of the best wine-producing parts of the world, for example. Indeed, it can be hard to go wrong with picking out a wine from any of these places, as all of them specialize in making large quantities of exceptional wine. Occasionally forgotten or overlooked among the world’s great wine producers, however, is Australia, which has a rich history in the industry, and in recent years has begun to produce some of the world’s best wines at some of the highest volumes.

In fact, despite the fact that people seem to more readily associate Australian drinking with beer, Australia has become one of the world’s top five wine exporters.

Perhaps best known or at least most respected and appreciated among Australia’s wine varieties are its Shiraz, Cabernet, and Chardonnay; and indeed, these are the three varieties of wine produced the most in the country. However, they are not the only varieties that Australia produces in masses, or that people all over the world enjoy. For example, one of the most recognized and well renowned growing regions in Australia is the Barossa Valley, which, according to, is known for its Rieslings as well as its Shiraz and Cabernet. Another alternative to the popular Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay is the Sémillon, an enjoyable white wine that is grown in several regions of Australian wine country, such as the Hunter Valley and Clare Valley areas. There are even vineyards in Australia that specialize in Merlots and Pinot Noirs, popular red wines outside of the Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon varieties.

So, if you’ve been interested in trying Australian wines, which in the eyes of many are beginning to rival those of more traditional regions such as California and France, don’t limit yourself to a few varieties simply because they are the most produced and exported. Australia has a very large number of vineyards, and as a result has many different types of wine. In fact, because it is open to such variety (which may stem from the fact that there are actually no grapes native to its land), Australia has even been known to produce some experimental or hybrid wines that many find to be quite enjoyable. Ultimately, if you do your research, you are bound to find a variety of Australian wine that interests you, and you will most likely find many.

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