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.
red wine grape from Central Italy. It is the basis for the powerful
Montefalco wines in Umbria. Better winemaking techniques are now producing
wines with the tannins under control, which was not always the case.
Grown by Domain Day in the Barossa
Valley who expects to make some Sagrantino in the next couple of
years. Other producers who intend to use this variety are Andrew Pearce in Swan Hill and Blackgum Estate at Metcalfe in the Macedon Ranges Region
An obscure Bordeaux red wine variety that has all but disappeared in France. It is represented in Australia by some planting's in the Riverina where Westend Estate is using it to make the medal winning Calabria Private Bin Saint Macaire.
mainstay of Tuscan red wine production this variety has become very
popular outside Italy over the past few years. Could be the next Big
Thing of Australian red wine. See more
Russian red wine variety which is grown throughout the former Soviet
Union. Poor vineyard and winery practices in these regions have thus far masked this
variety's great potential. Gapsted in the Alpine Valleys region of North
East Victoria produce a Saperavi. The pioneer of the variety, and supplier
to Gapsted is Peter read of Symphonia Wines. More about Saperavi
French White wine variety where its strongholds are Sancerre and Pouilly
in the upper Loire and Bordeaux. It is also grown extensively in other
regions of France and around the world for its fresh, grassy nose and
palate. Often blended with Semillon to make dry white wines or Sauternes.
German red wine variety which is more commonly grown in England. The
wines have a floral muscat bouquet. In Southern Tasmania Bream Creek
produce a Schonburger, and in 2002 made a late picked wine from the
is a classic white wine variety which doesn't get as much good press
as it deserves. It is a major variety (along with Sauvignon Blanc) in
sweet and dry whites from Bordeaux. The variety is not highly regarded
elsewhere in the world, except in the Hunter Valley. What used to be
called Hunter Valley Riesling
is now marketed under its more correct name of Hunter Valley Semillon.
These are magnificent wines which age superbly. In other Australian
regions Semillon is often treated with less respect and used for bulk
and blending wines or as an oaked varietal.
white wine variety from Madeira. It was once grown in the Great Western
Area of Victoria where it made reasonable dry whites. Vin
O'Diversity tells me the reason why this variety fell from favour among
Australian drinkers is that its Portuguese name Esgana Cao translates
as "Dog Strangler'
This is a uniquely Australian variety that arose from a sport of Malian, which is itself a sport of Cabernet sauvignon. So you could say that it is a white version of Cab sav. Cleggett Wines in Langhorne Creek who originated and have registered the variety use it to make a dry white wine, and sometimes a sweet wine as well.
ubiquitous red grape variety known in France as Syrah. The Petite Syrah
of California is now known to be Durif.
Grown throughout Australia and is the mainstay of this country's red
wine exports, at least for now.
early ripening German white wine variety, noted for its ability to produce
very high sugar levels. Jancis Robinson says it is grown, "like
giant vegetables, purely by exhibitionists." In Australia it is
grown by Wilmot Hills in Tasmania and the Snowy River Winery near the
Portuguese red variety well regarded as a component of Port. In South
Australia D'Arenberg make a wine called 'Sticks and Stones' a blend
of Grenache, Tempranillo and Souzao.
spelt Silvaner, this variety produces dry light white wines in Alsace,
Germany, Switzerland and Italy's Alto Aldige. Producers of Sylvaner
in Australia are Ballendeen Estate and Felsberg Winery in the Granite
Belt of Queensland, Stanley Brothers in the Barossa
and the Snowy River Winery near Jindabyne in NSW.
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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.