A Directory of Wine Grape Varieties in Australia
Taminga is a white wine variety that was bred by the CSIRO in Australia for use as a high yielding variety in warm irrigation districts. Producers include Eumundi Winery in the Queensland coastal zone and Trentham Estate in the Murray Darling Region.
A red variety from South West France where it is the basis of Madiran. It is also grown extensively in South America, particularly in Uruguay. The wines are usually high in tannins, and the variety is often blended with Cabernet.
A red variety bred in Australia with the aim of producing wines with good colour and acidity, but low tannin.
The premium red variety of Rioja, but it is grown throughout Spain. It has caught on in Australia, with large acreages of young vines about to come into bearing. More about tempranillo
Yet another little known Northern Italian winegrape variety. In its native Trentino it produces good rustic wine with little attention. With care in the vineyard and the winery it can produce very good results. Grown by Michelini in the Alpine Valleys.
A Portuguese variety used in the Duoro for port. In southern Portugal it also used for dry red. Grown in the Barossa Valley by Massena Vineyards.
The name means 'red dog' in Portuguese. It is a high quality port wine variety in Portugal. Grown in Western Australia by Peel Estate.
Tinta Molle is a Portuguese variety commonly used to make port. It is used by Kangarilla Road Winery in the McLaren Vale region to produce a full flavoured dry red.
Australian abbreviation for Touriga Nacional, a highly regarded port variety.
A ubiquitous white variety in its native Italy where it is often used as blending material. It is grown in most wine countries, but it has a reputation for producing neutral wines. In France the variety is called Ugni Blanc and is used in the production of wine for distillation into brandy and fortifying spirit.
Another Australian bred wine variety. It produces quality red wine in warmer regions. More
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