Most people who drink wine have one or two favourite variants that they prefer. Some people like a sweeter taste or more fruity elements. Others may prefer very dry variants that are woodier. In Australia, people enjoy all the different variants but some are more popular than others.
Shiraz is a variant that is known for its versatility. It is often characterised by berry flavours, spice, and oak. Shiraz is the most produced and most popular drinking wine in Australia. It goes well with a variety of food dishes. It is also light enough to just enjoy as a relaxing drink. Two of the best regions for shiraz in Australia are the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry-type white wine. It is made with grapes with tough skins. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape variant prefers milder climates and does not do well in very cool climates. Some of the best variants are grown in South Australia.
Chardonnay is another white wine variety. The grape for this wine is grown in all the wine regions in Australia. The best regions include Riverina and Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Some statistics indicate the Chardonnay makes up almost 50% of Australia’s wine production.
Merlot is a very popular wine worldwide. Because of its softer tones and versatility, it is preferred by many people. It goes with most types of food. It has a lower acidity level than most other red wines. This grape variant also prefers warmer climates. The best regions for this wine are McLaren Vale and the Yarra Valley.
Other popular wine variants include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Semillon, and Riesling. It seems that Australians lean more towards white wine instead of red.
Australia has a lot of vineyards and wineries that create wonderful tasting wines across the different variants. From Merlot to Riesling, there is a great local wine to be found. Support the local wineries and enjoy your next glass of wine in style.