has the ability to produce unique, authentic wines which have a regional appellation. It is also known for producing branded wines that are accessible due to both their flavour profile and price.
Australia is a country-continent. Bigger than Europe, its great diversity of climates, soils and topography creates a wide range of options for the wine producers. The oldest vines in the world, often pre-phylloxera, grow alongside the younger plants of new varieties and clones representing a resurgence in the approach taken in the various terroirs of this country split into 4 large regions of production: Western Australia (Margaret River), South Australia (Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, etc.), Victoria (Yarra Valley, etc.) and New South Wales (Hunter Valley, etc.). With its historical wine regions with their preference for certain varietals, Australia has a special place in the world of wine. The Barossa Valley Shiraz typically expresses fresh, silky flavours of black cherry, blackberry and spice. The Hunter Valley Sémillon develops herbal and citrus notes when young and notes of honey, nuts and butter with age.
Although Australia is at the forefront of the innovations in modern viticulture, traditional methods are still employed.
Today, Australia is envied for its production of popular fruity wines that consumers can buy, appreciate and easily understand. Their next challenge will be to show the world that they can produce fine wines of complexity.