Where to taste Australia’s finest wines

Shiraz ©chelsiefoty/Flickr

Shiraz ©chelsiefoty/Flickr

The sunny hills and valleys of Australia are home to some of the biggest wine producers in the world. Australian wines might not be as famous as French or Italian ones, yet they are exported all over the globe and enjoyed by millions of people. Not to mention that Australia’s wineries have become a much-sought for touristic destination, helping Australia to promote its rural areas and sustainable tourism.

Nevertheless, by now the real wine lovers might be wondering what exactly can Australia offer for their demanding, sensitive taste buds? So let’s take a closer look at Australia’s wine producing industry and see where to taste Australia’s finest wines:

Jacob’s Creek, Barossa

Located in Barossa Valley – one of Australia top wine producing regions – Jacob’s Creek is one of the oldest and most popular wine brands. In its over 150 years of existence, Jacob’s Creek has grown from a Barossa wine pioneer into an awarded wine producer. Today, Jacob’s Creek produces over 100 wine varieties, both red and white, suitable for each pocket. So don’t be surprised if you find their wines in your supermarket as well as in vintage vine reviews. Not to miss here are the Steingarten Riesling and their collection Shiraz Rose.

Jacob's Creek ©amandabhslater/Flickr

Jacob’s Creek ©amandabhslater/Flickr

The Riesling Trail, Clare Valley

Clare Valley is another famous wine county in South Australia, particularly known for its Riesling varieties. Hence the name of its Riesling Trail, a walking trail which takes tourists through kilometers of carefully minded vineyards, sumptuous estates and, most importantly, numerous wine cellars. Although Riesling seems to be something like a local celebrity, you should know that the region if also famous for its Shiraz, so keep your options open. What we would recommend here are the Leasingham Wines, developed by a small but innovative producer.

Shiraz ©chelsiefoty/Flickr

Shiraz ©chelsiefoty/Flickr

Tyrrell’s Wines, Hunter Valley

New South Whales is another Australian state with a strong wine tradition. A well-known name in the region (and the rest of the world) is Tyrrell’s Wines. Tyrrell stared as a family business in 1850s, in the beautiful and wine-friendly Hunter Valley and then acquired several other  vineyards across the country. But what matters here is that Tyrrell wines are universally acclaimed, having won prize after prize and being included in the most prestigious wine catalogs in the world. Although the company produces all wine types, from rose to sparkling, two of their best known varieties are the Tyrell’s Vat 1 Semillon (white) and the Tyrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay (the first Chardonnay produced in Australia).

wine cellar ©The Daring Librarian/Flickr

wine cellar ©The Daring Librarian/Flickr

 

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