The wine regions of Australia – a summary »
Take a tour around Australia's 60+ wine regions
Australia is home to several thousand vineyards and wineries, located in over 60 official wine regions, in every state but the Northern Territory.
However wine grapes are grown and wines are also made outside these official regions. The classification below changes, too, as more areas prove suitable for wine, more vineyards are planted and ultimately more areas are added to the official list.
So we've compiled a list of Australian wine regions, arranged alphabetically by state, with links to more information on the main regions, (eg their main styles of wine, growing conditions, etc) and to a searchable list of all the wineries and vineyards in each region.
Other regions which produce related products (eg whiskies, beers/microbrews, ciders etc) and some major food regions (eg Cairns and Far North Queensland) are also included (regions known for their food production and/or great cuisine).
Select from this State list to jump to the regions in that state »
Click on any region name below to show a list of all wineries and vineyards in that region, with full opening hours and other details. (Note, some regions have hundreds of wineries and vineyards, so click on More at the bottom right of the first page for further listings. The search results are in random order so that those starting with A don't get all the benefit!)
NSW is the oldest state and grape growing area in Australia, with vine currings arriving on the First Fleet in 1788. Grapes have been grown in the area around Canberra (ACT) since the mid-1800s.
- 'Big Rivers'
- Central Coast and Sydney
- Central Ranges ('Explorer Country')
- Hunter Valley | vineyards and cellar doors | wines and vines facts
- Northern NSW
- South Coast
- Southern NSW
Known as Australia's 'wine state' because of the significance of wine and grape growing to South Australia's economy and culture since it was first settled, South Australia is home to some of the major wine companies and long-established family vineyards and brands, including Penfolds.
- Adelaide Hills
- Adelaide Plains
- Barossa Valley | vineyards and cellar doors | wines and vines facts
- Clare Valley
- Fleurieu Peninsula
- Limestone Coast
- Lower Murray
- Southern Flinders Ranges
- The Peninsulas
- Eyre Peninsula
- Yorke Peninsula
Tasmania is unique amongst the states in that it is one wine region in itself. A small producer (2% of the nation's wine by volume), this helps with branding and marketing, especially internationally, but can be a little confusing to visitors and wine drinkers, as there are several distinct 'regions' with their own climate and specialities, plus whiskies, ciders and other drinks being made.
- East Coast
- Hobart and surrounds
- Midlands and Central Plateau
- North East Tasmania
- North West Tasmania
- West Coast
Queensland's most prominent wine-producing region, the Granite Belt, takes advantage of its high altitude to make a range of cool-climate wines, with merlot coming to the fore. Other regions, some of which are near the coast and at lower altitudes, rely on grape varieties that thrive in hot and humid conditions.
- Central Queensland including Bundaberg
- Far North Queensland
- Cairns and the Tablelands
- Townsville and the Whitsundays
- South Eastern Queensland
- Western Central Queensland
The state is known for several types of wine regions. Its cool-climate wine regions, like the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, plus Gippsland, Macedon Ranges and Geelong/Bellarine concentrate on pinot noir and chardonnay, while the warmer Central Victoria region produces powerful and fruity reds. Western Victoria includes the regions of the Grampians – once know as Great Western, well known for its sparkling wines – and the Pyrenees. Fortified wines are the specialty in the hot region of Rutherglen and surrounds in NE Victoria, which is also home to many emerging new varieties.
- Central Victoria (not including Goldfields)
- Phillip Island
- Melbourne and surrounds
- Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula
- Melbourne (city and suburban)
- Mornington Peninsula | vineyards and cellar doors | wines and vines facts
- Yarra Valley | vineyards and cellar doors | wines and vines facts
- North East Victoria
- North West Victoria
The cooler southern regions, such as Margaret River and Great Southern, produce high-quality table wines. The longer-established Margaret River region has gained international recognition for its chardonnay and cabernet-based wines. The more newly developed and isolated Great Southern is becoming known for its shiraz and riesling. The Swan Valley, close to Perth, is one of the country's oldest and hottest regions, and Geographe's landscape and climate are similar to those of its southern neighbor, Margaret River.
- Greater Perth
- South East Coast including Esperance
- South West WA
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