The most popular types of Australian red wine are Shiraz (Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
Most are big, bold wines, because the grapes in Australia get a lot of sunshine.
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are the most popular of all four types of wine. Shiraz is spicy and full-bodied. Australian Cabernet Sauvignon is medium to full-bodied and very dry. These two wines are often mixed for a dry, yet fruity wine.
Where are the Australian Wine Regions?
Most of the Australian wine regions are located in the southeastern portion of the country. They span the three states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. A few wineries also grow grapes in the south western portion of Australia, near Perth in Western Australia. There are also a few wineries in Tasmania.
What Are Some Great Australian Red Wines?
Yellow Tail Wine
This could not be a page about Australian wine if I didn’t mention this brand. Yellow Tail wine is the most popular of all Australian red wines. This winery is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and red wine blends.
Penfolds wine has a long history of producing quality Australian red wines. The first Penfolds wine was actually made for medicinal purposes.
This famous Australian red wine maker produces Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a variety of red wine blends.
Greg Norman Wine This is a winery that produces wine in Australia and in California. Greg Norman wine from Australia is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, Shiraz, Zinfandel, red wine blends and reserve selections.
Rosemount Estate is another winery with a long history of making Australian wine. This was the first company to plant vines in the Upper Hunter Valley, starting in 1864. Since then, they have won many awards for their quality Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and red wine blends.
Pillar Box Wine is a brand produced by the Longbottom family in Padthaway, South Australia. The Pillar Box Red is the most famous of the wines, it is a red wine blend. Pillar Box also has Shiraz and reserve blends.
Barossa Valley Estate
Barossa Valley Estate Winery produces five brands under its label: E&E, Ebenezer, E Bass, E Minor and Entourage. They specialize in Shiraz (including Sparkling Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and red wine blends.
Leeuwin Estate is a winery in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. The location was actually discovered by Robert Mondavi. Leeuwin Estate specializes in Shiraz and red wine blends.
Mollydooker wine is considered by some wine experts to be some of the best Australian wine. It is made in McLaren Vale, very close to Adelaide. Mollydooker specializes in Shiraz (including Sparkling Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and red wine blends.
Wolf Blass Wine
Wolf Blass wine specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and red wine blends. These are made under five labels – Yellow, Gold, Grey, Black and Platinum.
Yalumba wine was founded in 1849 by English immigrants. It is now being made by the fifth generation of that family. Yalumba specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Grenache, organic wines and red wine blends.