Rare varietals In Australia

Rare australian WinesSome rarer varieties in Australia

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There are over 150 wine grape varieites grown commercially in Australia.  Most are described on a dedicated page of this website, but there are quite a few varieties which are used by just a few wineries. And of course the situation is changing rapidly.

So listed on this page are some of those varieties which are used by just a few wineries.  You never know, some may catch on.

Most pages on this website are works in progress.  This page is even more so. New varieties will be added fairly regularly, others will graduate to just an emerging variety as a few more winemakers get on board and the variety will be given its own page.

Ancellotta 

This red wine variety from Emilia-Romagna in Italy is valued for the deep colour, acidity and tannins it brings to blends.  Outside of Italy it is used in Brazil.  The only Australian producer of Ancellotta that I am aware of is Water Wheel in the Bendigo Region who use it in blends with Zinfandel.

Arinto

This is a Portuguese white wine variety from the region of Bucelas just north of Lisbon.  In fact the variety is also know as Arinto de Bucelas.  It is used by Dell'uva wines in the Barossa Valley and by Amato Vino in the Riverland region of South Australia

Assyrtiko

This variety is from the Greek island of Santorini.  It makes well structured high acid white wines despite the hot harsh conditions where it grows.  Jim Barry in the Clare Valley have introduced the variety into Australia and produced their first vintage in 2016.

Aucerot

This wine is referred to a "mystery wine". The vineyard was planted from cuttings from the Bailey's vineyard in Glenrowan. Aucerot at the Glenrowan vineyard was planted from cuttings obtained from Europe in the early 1900s. They were removed in the 1980s. I remember buying a couple of bottles of "Auslese Aucerot" about 1980. It was a desert style wine that aged very well.

The variety is a mystery because no one seems to know its true identity. Aucerot is not the same as the French variety Auxerrios, despite the similar name. It is quite possible that the variety no longer exists in Europe.

Currently Ciavarella's in the King Valley use Aucerot as a blending partner with Verdello to make a "white port" sytle.

Clairette

This variety is sinking into obscurity.  Even in its stronghold in southern France it is losing popularity.  It generally makes light everyday white wines as a varietal, or it is commonly blended with Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc) or Vermentino.  

But a few winemakers take care and make quite characterful wines from it.

Some Australian Producers of Clairette

  • Honeytree Estate Hunter Valley
  • jb Wines Barossa Valley
  • Mount Mary Yarra Valley
  • Spinifex Barossa Valley

Shavkapito

This is an unusual red wine variety from Georgia.  It is being introduced into Australia by Anna Hooper of Cape Jaffa Wines in the Mount Benson Region of the Limestone Coast. The story behind the introduction of this variety is told in this article on the AAVWS website.

The more common Georgian wine variety in Australia is Saperavi.

More rare varieties in Australia

The list below is of wine varieties that I believe are vinified by just one, two or three different wineries.  

There are undoubtably more varieties being introduced to be added. As more wineries start to use these varieties I will make full pages about them.

  • Aleatico  
  • Aligote 
  • Alvarelhao 
  • Arenal 
  • Baco noir  
  • Baroque 
  • Bianco d’Alessano  
  • Biancone  
  • Blaufrankisch 
  • Bonvedro  
  • Bourboulenc 
  • Brachetto  
  • Cabernet Sanzey 
  • Caracosa 
  • Caverdella 
  • Cornifesto  
  • Counoise  
  • Chanel Paradisa  
  • Chasselas 
  • Cienna  
  • Crouchen  
  • Cortese  
  • Corvina 
  • Counoise  
  • Cygne Blanc
  • Doradillo 
  • Dornfelder  
  • Fer 
  • Flora 
  • Fragola 
  • Freisa 
  • Furmint  
  • Gouais 
  • Grenache gris 
  • Grillo  
  • Jacquez  
  • Kerner  
  • Kyoto 
  • Lambrusco Maestri  
  • Madeline Angevine 
  • Malian 
  • Marzemino 
  • Mavrodaphne 
  • Melon de Bourgogne 
  • Palomino 
  • Petit Meslier  
  • Picpoul  
  • Pignoletto 
  • Refosco  
  • Rondinella 
  • Rossola Nera 
  • Rorer Veltliner 
  • Rubienne  
  • Rubired 
  • St Laurent
  • Saint Macaire  
  • Sauvignon gris 
  • Scheurebe  
  • Schioppettino  
  • Schonburger 
  • Shalastin
  • Siegerrebe 
  • Tinta Negra Mole  
  • Torrontes  
  • Trollinger  
  • Tyrian  
  • Villard Blanc  
  • Zweigelt  

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