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Riesling Wine Growing Regions of Australia

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Riesling is a white wine grape which has its birthplace in Rhine wine region of Germany. This grape is used in making of semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines all over the world. The grape is grown in suitable climatic conditions globally. In Australia, this is grown in the following regions:

Clare Valley: This wine region of Australia accounts for the highest vineyard area under Riesling grapes. This region is situated in the state of South Australia, north of Adelaide capital city. In fact, this region is known for Riesling wines essentially. The Horrocks Highway passes through this region. It is a part of the Mount Lofty Ranges Zone. Out of the total planted area of this region, Riesling was the second important wine grape planted as it occupied 21.8% of area.

Eden Valley: The Eden valley wine region is also situated in South Australia and to the north-east of Adelaide. It is bordered on west by Barossa Valley wine region and on east by Adelaide Hills wine region. Riesling wine grape is the second important variety to be planted here.

Riverland: Riverland region is the third important Riesling growing region having about 12 percent of the total Riesling growing area in Australia. This region is in South Australia. It begins from where the Murray river enters South Australia after flowing on the border of New South Wales and Victoria. The region is one of the largest wine growing regions of Australia.

Riverina: Riverina region is located in New South Wales to the east of Australian Capital Territory. The region is centred around the town of Griffith. It is a part of the Big Rivers wine region and depends heavily on the Murrumbidgee river irrigation scheme for growing vines. The wine growing area of this region is smaller than the Riverina area itself.

Murray-Darling: Murray Darling basin is another region where Riesling wine grapes are grown but is not as well known for it, as it is for Chardonnay white wines.

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Riesling Wines- Are these losing popularity in Australia?

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Among the popular white wine varieties is Riesling. This is a white wine grape which is a native of Germany. The first wines from this grape were made in Germany and over a period of time, this spread to other regions of the world. Riesling wine grapes are now grown in all wine producing countries of the world. Germany and Alsace region of France account for the most of this share, growing as much as 42 percent of these grapes among themselves.

Riesling wines are generally more expensive than other varietals. You might not believe the fact that, in Germany, it is the smell of petrol which is used to adjudge which is a better Riesling than the other. The stronger the aroma, the better is the Riesling.  The most expensive of these wines are the ones which have been harvested late. The fruit is allowed to hang on to the vine well beyond its picking time to let the water evaporate naturally. This wine has high levels of acidity and pairs well with diverse range of food items. Another key factor that makes these wines expensive is the fact that these have very good cellaring potential. Natural high acidity and the added sugars help these wines to age well and become better year after year. It is also to be noted that most of Riesling wine consumption is when it is young.

In Australia, this is grown in regions having some characteristics of limestone topography, such as Clare (22 percent) and Eden valleys. For this reason, riesling wines develop a distinctive lime note. The wine is exported to a number of countries, with the USA being the single most important importer of this wine (accounting for 40 percent of its exports).

In Australia, this land area under this wine grape has been on decline since the last few years. It was at its lowest in 2015 since 2001. This declining trend has been attributed to decline in demand. However, whether Australia will cease to be a land of Riesling in future is something which is worrying the wine experts.

Riesline Wines Brands Available in Australia

Australia has the second largest land area under Riesling wine grape varietals in the world. This is second only to Germany, the place of origin of these grape vineyards. Riesling wine production done in Australia contributes about 10 percent of this production in the world whereas Germany accounts for more than 60 percent.

Here is a list of popular Riesling wine brands available in Australia:

1 Cherry Tree Hill
2 Grosset
3 Howard Park
4 Crabtree
5 Kilikanoon Morts
6 Neudorf Moutere
7 Mount Horrocks
8 Craggy Te Muna
9 Lamont
10 Wilson
11 Moores Hill
12 Geoff Weaver
13 Frogmore Creek
14 Tim Adams
15 Delatite Late Harvest Estate
16 Larry Cherubino
17 Mishas
18 Hans Herzog
19 Wild Earth Late Harvest
20 Bream Creek
21 Best’s Great Western
22 3 Drops
23 Ashbrook Estate
24 Dukes Single
25 Derwent Estate Late Harvest
26 Bellarmine
27 Astrolabe
28 Forest Wines The Doctors
29 Flame Tree Botryis
30 Spy Valley
31 Teusner 100 Flowers
32 Pfeiffer Strathbogie
33 Trevor Jones
34 Mitchelton Blackwood Park
35 Penna Lane
36 The Willows
37 Fire Block Watervale
38 Cooks Lot Allotment
39 Chalkers Crossing
40 Majella
41 MadFish
42 Chrismont
43 Bay of Fires
44 Yealands Estate
45 Pizzini
46 Larry Cherubino
47 Schild Family Estate
48 La Linda
49 Robert Oatley Finisterre
50 McWilliams
51 Hutton Vale Farm
52 Wolf Blass Yellow Label
53 Mud House Estate
54 Cumulus Estate
55 Gapsted Valley
56 Katnook Estate
57 Peter Lehmann
58 Eden Trail
59 Tin Shed Wild Bunch
60 Trust Crystal Hill
61 Grant Burge
62 Sorby Adams
63 Starve Dog Lane
64 Elderton
65 Wicks Estate
66 Wynns Coonawarra Estate
67 Langmeil Live Wire
68 Lindemans Bin 75
69 Kirrihill
70 Orlando St Helga

The list is not exhaustive and there could be many more which would have missed our attention. Please do comment below with the names of those wines.

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