How to find exciting new wines

Wine is made in Australia from more than 150 different grape varieties.

How many have you tried? Can you even name half of them?

Vinodiversity will help you will learn about wine made from some of these new varieties and where they are grown. Available from Vinodiversity

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You will see how some older varieties are being given new life by winemakers charged with passion and with modern grapegrowing and winemaking skills.

Wine is a special product in that every wine is different. The more you focus on the diversity, and the more you seek it out the more you will enjoy wine.

Some of the many varieties described on this site

You don't need to be a wine bore who drinks the same variety day after day, year after year.

Sure, the classic varieties can be good, but there's a whole world of enjoyment if you dare to be different. I enjoy Shiraz, but I don't drink it every day, just like I don't eat steak and chips every day.

Wine is a special product in that every wine is different. The more you focus on the diversity, and the more you seek it out the more you will enjoy wine.

You don't need to be a wine bore who drinks the same variety day after day, year after year.

Alternative Grape Varieties in Australia

Australia's Varietal Wine Scene

Of the 2500-plus wineries in Australia about half use at least one 'alternative variety.'

Looking for a particular variety?

The search box below will give you a quick search of thousands of wines. You can plug in your location and get a list of offline stores near you. You can also quickly find online stores. The best thing is it is free to use.
On this website you will find out
  • what these varieties are
  • who is making them
  • where to get them
  • how best to enjoy them
  • where to find more information about these varietals
Vinodiversity is the only website solely about Australian wines made from alternative grape varieties. There are over a hundred of these described on this site.

In its short history of just over 200 years the Australian wine industry has undergone a bewildering number of changes. There have been booms and busts, pestilence, taxes and economic crises. It's always been changing, but never so rapidly as it is today.

The industry is getting much bigger, but a new wave of innovation is happening; more and more wines are being made with different varieties.

The classical (read French) varieties still dominate. You know the names - Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot noir. Even our own Shiraz is really the French Syrah. But there are about a hundred newcomers bursting onto the scene.

The largest group of new varieties are from Italy, but there are interesting varieties now growing from lesser known French wine areas, from other European wine regions, and even a few varieties which originated in Australia.

Nearly half of Australian wineries are making wine from new varieties, and the proportion is increasing. Some of these innovators are using brand new varieties, some are reviving old vines, others are importing varieties from other regions, but they are all innovators.

What is Vinodiversity?

Vinodiversity is a web site, a philosophy and even a path to enlightenment.

Once you have the spirit of Vinodiversity you need never drink boring wine again. Every new Australian wine you try will add to your knowledge and enjoyment. You will be open to new experiences and you will realise that wine is an enjoyable learning experience as well as a treat for your senses. You will be better able to share your experiences with others.

By discovering these wines now you will amaze your friends as well as getting some bargain wine - surprisingly many of these new varieites are in the budget category - for now.

So here's what to do

Stay ahead of the crowd. Let be your guide to Australian wine from unusual varieties.

Check out the sections on the navigation bar at the left or at the bottom of this page.

Perhaps you should check out the list of varieties described on this site...

...or maybe see which wineries are leading the innovators in your favourite wine region

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Varieties described on this site

Aglianico | Albarino | Aleatico | Alicante Bouchet | Aligote | Aranel | Arneis | Aucerot | Baco noir | Barbera | Bastardo | Biancone | Bianco d'Alessano | Blaufrankisch | Brachetto | Cabernet Franc | Carignan | Carina | Carmenere | Carnelian | Chambourcin | Chasselas | Chenin blanc | Cienna | Cinsaut | Clairette | Colombard | Cortese | Corvina | Counoise | Crouchen | Cygne blanc | Dolcetto | Doradillo | Dornfelder | Durif | Fiano | Flora | Fragola | Furmint | Gamay | Garganega | Gewurztraminer | Gouais blanc | Graciano | Grecanico | Greco di Tufo | Grenache | Grenache gris | Grillo | Gruner Veltliner | Harslevelu | Jacquez | Kerner | Lagrein | Lemberger | Lexia | Malbec | Malian | Malvasia | Marsanne | Marzemino | Mataro | Mavrodaphne | Melon de Bourgogne | (Pinot) Meunier | Mondeuse | Montepulciano | Moscata paradiso | Moscato | | Mourvedre | Muller Thurgau | Muscadelle | Muscat | Nebbiolo | Negroamaro | Nero d'Avola | Norton | Ondenc | Orange muscat | Palomino | Pedro Ximenez | Petit manseng | Petit Meslier | Petit verdot | Picolit | Picpoul | Pinot blanc | Pinot grigio/gris | Pinotage | Primitivo | Prosecco | Refosco | Riesling | Rondinella | Roussanne | Rubienne | Ruby Cabernet | Sagrantino | Saint Laurent | Sangiovese | Saperavi | Savagnin | Schonburger | Shalistin | Siegerrebe | Souzao | Sylvaner | Taminga | Tannat | Tarrango | Tempranillo | Teroldego | Tinto Cao | Tinta Negra Molle | Torrontes | Touriga | Trincadeira | Trebbiano | Tribidrag | Trollinger | Tyrian | Verdejo | Verdelho | Verduzzo | Vermentino | Villard blanc | Viognier | Zante | Zibibbo | Zinfandel |

Wine regions covered by vinodiversity

New South Wales Wine Regions

Victorian Wine Regions

South Australian Wine Regions

Western Australian Wine Regions

Queensland Wine Regions

Tasmanian Wine Regions