AUSTRALIA : Kangaroos, koalas & Wines !

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Australia is very well known by young globe trotters for fun, working holidays and all the beautiful and amazing landscape !

But since few years now, Australia is becoming famous for wines !

Let me introduce you to the most important australian wine regions : 8 to be precise ! you will find there the oldest Shiraz Region, great pinot noir and more ….

Hunter Valley 

About 2 Hours’ drive from Sydney, The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in Australia : The first vines were planted in 1820. The Hunter Valley Semillon is the main grape variety of the region, but the Hunter also produces wine from a wide variety of grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho.

Barossa Valley 

The magic of Barossa Valley’s world-acclaimed wines lies in the diversity of its growing conditions. The Eden Valley produces distinctive cool-climate wine varieties; while the region’s flagship shiraz is grown in the warmer, low-lying areas. Jacob’s Creek was the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard and one of the oldest in the region. Penfolds and Seppeltsfield are other iconic Australian wine names found in the Barossa Valley.

Clare Valley 

The Clare Valley’s Mediterranean-style climate is ideal for the production of high quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes. It is best known for its Riesling wines, and is often called the home of Australian Riesling by the way.

Mc Laren Vale 

McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate has created ideal conditions for grape-growing. Shiraz is the most important variety grown in the region, accounting for about half of the area’s production. The climate and soil produce intense flavoured fruit and wine with a deep purple colour that can last decades in the bottle. The region also specialises in chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and grenache, as well as merlot, sauvignon blanc and riesling. In between tastings, meet the winemakers or take a guided behind-the-scenes tour.

Mornington Peninsula 

The natural topography and mild climate of the region is well suited to wine growing. Many of the vineyards and cellar doors are clustered around Red Hill, Merricks, Balnarring, Moorooduc, Shoreham and Main Ridge. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the hallmark varieties of the region.

Yarra Valley 

The region is renowned for producing Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wine, along with a range of other cool-climate wines.

Margaret River

Margaret River produces some of Australia’s best cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz wines.

Swan Valley 

Many of the 40 wineries from the Swan Valley are small, family operations, where you can chat to the grandchildren of the Croatian and Italian migrants who founded the region in the 1920s. Others are international labels with vast vineyards and state-of-the-art cellars. Swan Valley specialises in verdelho, chenin blanc, chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet varieties and is also renowned for its fortified wines.

READ MORE : http://www.swanvalley.com.au/Home , http://www.visityarravalley.com.au/http://www.barossa.com/wine

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