While there is evidence that Australia first planted grapes back in 1791, it wasn’t until the 1820’s that early set established vineyards in New South Wales, Western Australia and finally in South Australia. Australia had no native grape varieties suitable for wine-making. grapes were imported from Europe and much the wine produced was shipped back to the United Kingdom.
The gold rush of the 1850’s brought many prospectors to Australia and shortly thereafter their industry began to flourish. Exports of Australian wines to England increased dramatically during the period 1863-85. The early 1900’s saw the establishment of larger corporations like Mc Williams and soon after them, Penfolds and Seppelt. After the First World War, vines were planted in various soldier settlements which temporarily increased production.
Australia Wine Regions
Kurtz – Barossa Valley, Australia
Nugan Estate – Riverina, Australia
Rieslingfreak – South Australia
RL Buller – Rutherglen, Australia
Oliverhill – McLaren Vale, Australia
Tait – Barossa, Australia
Thistledown – Barossa & McLaren Vale, Australia
Water Wheel – Bendigo, Australia
Wildberry Estate – Margaret River, Australia