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Warm Climate Wine Regions of Australia – Victoria

The warmer regions of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western are best known for their rich red wines. The warm climate wine regions in these states of Australia produce wines that are full of generous flavour and softness – all thanks to their warm and dry growing season. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the warm climate wine regions of Victoria.

Goulburn Valley (Elevation 130-300m)
Goulburn Valley is in Central Victoria about 100 km north of Melbourne and 50 km east of Heathcote. Home to the world’s oldest (and largest) plantings of Marsanne, the region experiences wildly fluctuating temperatures during the growing season. The region also excels in Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Popular Wineries: Tahbilk, Mitchelton

Heathcote (Elevation 130-300m)
Situated between Central Victoria’s Bendigo and Goulburn Valley regions, Heathcote has made a name across Australia for its rich, velvety and spicy Shiraz. Look out for Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Merlot, and Chardonnay too.
Popular Wineries: Jasper Hill, Shelmerdine, and Heathcote Winery.

Pyrenees (Elevation 350-450m)
Home to diverse microclimates, Pyrenees land can cultivate a wide range of grape varieties. Perhaps the greatest strength of this region is its spicy and savoury red wines. White varieties including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grow well here too.
Popular Wineries: Dalwhinnie, Blue Pyrenees, Redbank, Taltarni.

Grampians (Elevation 240-350m)
Famous for its natural beauty, Grampians is primarily a red wine region. Its wines are worthy of a single note too, such is their power, elegance, and ability to age. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz lead the way in this Victoria region followed by white varieties such as Riesling and Chardonnay.

Important Wineries: Best’s, Seppelt Great Western.

Rutherglen (Elevation 160m)
Based in north-east Victoria, Rutherglen is best known for its diligently crafted fortified wines that have gained international reputation. The innovative spirit, and the uniqueness is seen not only in Rutherglen fortified wines but also in the wide range of varieties and styles it produces. Apart from Rutherglen Brown Muscat and Muscadelle, the region also excels in Durif, Riesling, Chardonnay and sparkling Shiraz as well.
Popular Wineries: Campbells, Chambers Rosewood, Stanton & Killeen, Morris.

 

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Influence of Maritime climate on the region

How does Climate affect the region?

Climate defines the growing seasons of the region. It is responsible for factors such as humidity, wind and temperature variations as well as the seasons experienced by the region. From the point of growing grapes – climate can affect the grape varieties grown as well as the viticulture practices carried by the winery present in the region.

Maritime climate

You must have often heard that the region having maritime climate, so, what does it mean? The answer to this question is hidden in the word maritime. It comes from the latin word ‘maritimus’ meaning sea. The region that has maritime climate are those that are close to the sea. The water body can be ocean or an estuary (water body having two or more rivers flowing into it)

To understand maritime climate better, one must understand the other two major climates – Mediterranean and continental climate. The Mediterranean climate tends to have long growing season with moderate to warm temperatures and slight seasonal changes. On the other hand, continental climates tend to have hot summers and cold winters with major seasonal changes. Maritime climate tends to fall between these two climates.

Problem with the maritime climate on the region is the occurrence of excessive rain and humidity often leads to various viticultural hazards such as mold and mildew which may damage the vines.

The grape varieties that thrive in maritime climate are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Some regions can also have a microclimate which is for the small area the climatic conditions differ from the surrounding region. The area can be spanned in few square feet to few kms in size.

Major Wine Regions of Australia with Maritime Climate

Some of the wine regions of Australia with the maritime climate are Alpine Valley in Victoria, Grampians in Victoria, Granite belt in Queensland, Heathcote wine region in Victoria, Langhorne Creek in South Australia, Mudgee Highlands and Orange region in New South Wales and Tasmania.

Get to know wine regions of Australia

Here is a peek into some of the famous wine regions of Australia along with some of the famous wineries and popular wine varietals. These wine-regions are known for their scenic beauty as well as fantastic wines that make them truely exquisite.

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1.Barossa Valley, South Australia

It is Australia’s most famous wine region. Some of the vineyards of the region are as old as 100 years

There are total 150 wineries present. Some of the most important wineries are Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Peter Lehmann and Yalumba.

Wine varietals are known for – Full-bodied Shiraz and Chardonnay.

2.Yarra Valley, Victoria

Wine production began with the first winery of the region, Yering Station, in 1938. The region is an important tourist hub with over 3 million visitors drawn to it in 2011.

There are close to 160 wineries present in the region. Major ones are – Giant Steps, Innocent Bystander, Tarrawarra Estate.

Wine varietals known for – Sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

3.Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Pokolbin which lies at the heart of Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine region. James Busby, also known as the Father of Australian wine industry planted the first vines in the region in the mid- 19th century.

The region at present has 150 wineries with the some of the popular names are Audrey Wilkinson winery, Krinklewood biodynamic vineyard, and Brokenwood Wines.

Wine varietals known for – Earthy Shiraz, Semillon and full-flavored Chardonnay.

4.Margaret River, Western Australia

The region has a large number of boutique wine producers – around 215 and together contributes to 20 percent share of Australian premium wine market. Some of the popular wineries are – Cullen wines, Vasse Felix, Xanadu and Leeuwin Estate.

Wine Varietals knew for – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc

5.Coonawarra, South Australia

Shiraz was once the dominant variety of the region which now has been left behind by Cabernet Sauvignon. The famous wineries of the region are Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Leconfield, Majella Wines and Rymill Coonawarra.

Wine Varietals known for – Cabernet Sauvignon

It would be delightful to hear about your travelling experience to these wine regions. Feel free to post in the comments below…

Shiraz vs Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Regions, Aromas, Texture, Food Pairing

Did you always wonder how Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, two of the most popular grape varieties, fare against one another? Known for being used to produce some of the boldest and flavoursome red wines with intense colours, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are similar in many ways, but they have certain differences too. Read on to know how Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon fare on similar aspects:

Shiraz vs Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Regions

Talking particularly about Australian regions, Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is grown in hot climate zones and dominates the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale regions.

Cabernet Sauvignon rules well in the Maritime climate of two of its kingdoms – Margaret River and Coonawarra regions.

Aromas

Aroma characters in Shiraz wines can range from violets to berries, espresso, chocolate, cloves, and black pepper.

Wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon are known for their intense fruit flavour, subtle minty notes, blackcurrant, and grassy aromas.

Texture

Australian Shiraz is a full-bodied, jammier fruit with softer tannin. The high to low acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz grapes help in producing wines with promising aging potential.

Australian Cabernet Sauvignon makes dense, dark and tannic wines with noticeable acidity which contributes to aging potential of the wines.

Food Pairing

Think big and spicy flavours when it comes to food pairing with Australian Shiraz wines. Grilled or roast beef, beef stews, spicy sausages, and hard cheeses like Cheddar, pair extremely well with Australian style Shiraz wines.

On the other hand, steak is a great choice for pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Other food pairings that enhance the taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon wine include aged Cheddar cheese, grilled Portabello mushroom, braised beef, and grilled lamb.

Some Fine Examples

Shiraz wines

Tahbilk Rare 1860 Vines Shiraz 2013 Nagambie Lakes

Yalumba Rare & Fine Collection The Octavius Shiraz 2013 Barossa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon wines

Cullen Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Margaret River

Redman Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum 2013 Coonawarra

Wine Regions of Queensland in Australia

Queensland is one of the state of Australia. It is the largest Australian state after Western Australia and lies in the north-eastern part of the continent. The state has its capital at Brisbane. This state does have some wine regions but these are not as famous as that of New South Wales, Victoria or South Australia.

Wine regions

There are two Geographical Indicator wine regions in Queensland. These are the Granite Belt and the South Burnett.

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The Granite Belt region of Queensland is situated right on the border, to its south-eastern side, with southern state of New South Wales. The region is the larger than the Burnett wine region which lies to its north.

The Granite Belt region is located 1000 meters above sea level and this is the only region in this State where you have four different seasons during the year. The most important varietals of this region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Verdelho and Viognier.

Some of the major wines coming from this region are Lucas Estate, Monticello, Pyramid Road, Ridge Mill Estate and many others.

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South Burnett

The Burnett region is situated to the west of Noosa heads and Sunshine Coast which are coastal areas to the north of Brisbane. This region has Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as the major grape growing varieties. Next important are Chardonnay, Semillon, Shiraz and Verdelho. This region is further divided into Northern and Southern wineries region.

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The north Burnett region has been formed as an amalgamation of six different local councils in 2008. The South Burnett region was the result of amalgamation of four local councils, again in 2008.

The Top 10 Wine Regions on Earth

Here is a list of top 10 wine regions in the world:

  1. France: Undoubtedly, it is the most fabulous wine region in the world. Also, the home to Champagne region that produces the world’s most exquisite sparkling wines.wine-map-france
  2. Italy: Italy comes next to France but produces wines of equally fabulous qualities.wine_regions_italy
  3. Spain: Next come Spain with its mind blowing Tempranillo and Airén grape varieties.wine regions spain
  4. USA: California is the place to be when it comes to American wines with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay being most popularly planted varieties.california-wine-regions
  5. Argentina: Argentinean Malbec and Chardonnay are famous all over the world.Argentina_wine_regions
  6. Australia: Home to the Penfold’s Grange, Australia has some of the most remarkable wineries in the world. Beautiful Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines dominate the Australian wine scene.australia wine regions
  7. Germany: German Rieslings are to die for. The country also produces some fabulous Müller-Thurgau.                   germany wine regions
  8. South Africa: Ranking seventh in the list of most popular wine regions in the world, South Africa is long known for its remarkable Chenin Blanc.
  9. Chile: Chilean Cabernets and Chardonnays are very popular along with Carmenere being their flagship wine varietal.                 Chile Wine Regions
  10. Portugal: This is where the marvelous port wines hail from.wine regions portugal