The Oenophiliac

A Wine Writers View on the World of Wine. Formerly Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies

02. Australia – New Zealand Wine Regions & Grape Varieties

South Australia Regions


Barossa Valley,  Eden Valley,  Adelaide Hills,  Clare Valley,  Adelaide Plains,  McLaren Vale,  Langhorne Creek,  Currency Creek,  Kangaroo Island,  Southern Fleurieu,  Coonawarra,  Padthaway,  Mount Benson,  Wrattonbully,  Riverland,  South Flinders Ranges  and  Southern Eyre Peninsula.

(white)

Sauvignon Blanc.

Chardonnay.

Riesling.

Semillon.

Viognier.

Verdelho.

Gewürztraminer.

Muscat Gordo Blanco.

Colombard.

Chenin Blanc.

(red)

Pinot Noir.

Shiraz.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mourvedre.

Grenache.

Sangiovese.

Merlot.

Malbec.

Cabernet Franc.

Petit Verdot.

Victoria Regions


Yarra Valley,  Mornington Peninsula,  Geelong,  Macedon  Ranges,  Sunbury,  Bendigo,  Goulburn Valley  &  Nagambie  lakes,  Heathcote,  Strathbogie  Ranges,  Upper  Goulburn,  Rutherglen,  King  Valley,  Alpine  Valleys,  Beechworth,  Glenrowan,  Grampians,  Pyrenees,  Henty,  Murray  Darling  and  Swan  Hill.

(white)

Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris.

Viognier.

Riesling.

Gewürztraminer.

Semillon.

Marsanne.

Cortese.

Rousanne.

Brown Muscat a Petits Grains.

Muscadelle.

Colombard.

Muscat Gordo Blanco.

(red)

Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Shiraz.

Merlot.

Cabernet Franc.

Sangiovese.

Durif.

Nebbiolo.

Gamay.

Petit Verdot.

New South Wales Regions


Lower  Hunter  Valley,  Upper  Hunter  Valley,  Mudgee,  Orange,  Cowra,  Canberra  District,  Gundagai,  Hilltops,  Tumbarumba,  Riverina,  Perricoota,  Shoalhaven  Coast,  Southern  highlands  and  Hastings  River.

(white)

Chardonnay.

Semillon. Home to some of the best Semillons in the world.

Verdelho.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Traminer.

Riesling.

Pinot Gris.

Colombard.

(red)

Shiraz.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merlot.

Pinot Noir.

Pinot Meunier.

Ruby Cabernet.

Chambourcin.

Western Australia Regions


Margaret  River,  Great  Southern,  Blackwood  Valley,  Geographe,  Manjimup,  Pemberton,  Swan  District,  Peel  and  Perth  Hills.

(white)

Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Semillon.

Chenin Blanc.

Verdelho.

Riesling.

Viognier.

(red)

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Shiraz.

Merlot.

Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Franc.

Grenache.

Tasmania Regions


Northern Tasmania  and Southern Tasmania.

(white)

Chardonnay.

Riesling.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris.

Gewürztraminer.

(reds)

Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merlot.

Queensland Regions


Granite  Belt,  South  Burnett and Other Regions.

(white)

Chardonnay.

Semillon.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Verdelho.

(red)

Shiraz.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merlot.

 

Due to the diversity of varieties produced in Australia. The list I have compiled bears no relevance to what the leading varietals in each region are.

  

New Zealand

NORTH ISLAND

Northland

(white)

Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris.

Viognier

(red)

Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Syrah.

Pinotage.

Chambourcin.

Auckland

(white)

Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris.

(red)

Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Syrah.

Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Franc.

Nebbiolo.

Sangiovese.

Montepulciano.

Waikato/Bay of Plenty

(white)

Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc.

(red)

Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Gisborne

(white)

Chardonnay.

Gewürztraminer.

Pinot Gris.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Viognier.

Muscat.

Semillon.

(red)

Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pinot Noir.

Syrah

Malbec.

Hawkes Bay

(white)

Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Gewürztraminer.

Viognier.

Riesling.

Semillon.

Chenin Blanc.

Verdelho.

(red)

Merlot.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Syrah.

Pinot Noir.

Marzemino.

Montepulciano.

Pinotage.

Sangiovese.

Tempranillo.

Zinfandel.

Wairarapa/Martinborough

(white)

Chardonnay.

Riesling.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris.

(red)

Pinot Noir.

Syrah.

SOUTH ISLAND

Nelson

(white)

Chardonnay.

Pinot Gris.

Riesling.

Sauvignon Blanc.

(red)

Pinot Noir.

Syrah.

Marlborough

(white)

Chardonnay.

Gewürztraminer.

Pinot Gris.

Riesling.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Gruner Veltliner.

(red)

Pinot Noir.

Syrah.

Waipara/Canterbury

(white)

Chardonnay.

Pinot Gris.

Riesling.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Blanc.

Breidecker.

(red)

Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merlot.

Central Otago

(white)

Chardonnay.

Riesling.

Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris.

(red)

Pinot Noir.

Other varieties grown include Muller Thurgau and Reichensteiner.



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