Famous for its Chardonnay and Shiraz, the Australian wine industry is one of the most robust and prolific in the new world of wine making, covering all major colours and varieties of wine – 1100 estates covering 375,000 acres approximately. They are the sixth largest wine producing nation; the major wine areas are Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, the high altitude regions of Eden and Clare Valleys, the Barossa Valley, and the Limestone Coast offering everything from Semillons, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Cabernet sauvignon, Shiraz and their tantalising blends.
It is the southernmost wine growing region of the southern hemisphere – between 38 and 45 degrees Latitude. Total wine growing area 30,000 acres, housing 350 wineries famed for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Other varieties famously grown are Muller – Thurgao, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz - the most prominent wine growing region being Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Cloudy Bay.