Ultimate Guide to Australian Wines

Australian Wine Regions

Similar to the AOC of France and the DOC of Italy, Australia organizes its wine into zones, regions and sub-regions -- of which there are many. Below is a brief breakdown of the zones and some of the major regions within those zones:

  • Western Australia, which includes Blackwood Valley, Manjimup, Margaret River, Peel, Pemberton, Perth Hills and Warren Valley
  • New South Wales, which includes Canberra District, Cowra, Hastings River, Hilltops, Hunter Valley, Lachlan Valley, Mudgee, Shoalhaven Coast and Tumbarumba
  • South Australia, which includes Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Riverland
  • Queensland, which includes Granite Belt and South Burnett
  • Victoria, which includes Alpine Valleys, Bendigo, Geelong, Goulburn Valley, Heathcote, Mornington Peninsula and Strathbogie Ranges
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania

[source: Australian Wine Online]

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