A is for Australia
Australia produces all the major wine styles in the world yet the wines remain distinctively Australian.
Overall, the Australian wine industry is the world's fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year going to the export market and only around 40% of production consumed domestically. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism and Australian wines are a firm favourite of ours here at The Wine Reserve too!
Wine is produced in every state across Australia, with more than 60 designated wine regions totalling approximately 160,000 hectares; however Australia's wine regions are mainly in the southern, cooler parts of the country, with vineyards located in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.
The wine regions in each of these states produce different wine varieties and styles that take advantage of the particular terroir to include the climatic differences, topography and soil types. Furthermore, the sunny climate down under gives Australian producers the opportunity to make open, easy to drink wines that have spectacular mouth-feel and taste on the palate too. They celebrate the flavour of the grape over complexity which is reflected in the wines as the whites tend to be more fruity and the reds often more soft in style.
The major varieties are predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc and there is always going to be a wine from Australia that suits.
Australian wines are a firm favourite here with us and we have a great selection on the shelves too!