The Best Australian Red Wine You Need To Know

Red, red wine, stay close to me.

Australia may have been late to the wine-producing party compared to its European counterparts, but it has quickly become one the largest exporters of the good stuff on the planet. It’s easy to understand why, too, with every state producing wine – each with their own world-famous wine regions – and some of the most perfect climatic conditions for growing several grape varietals.

Australia has a huge presence worldwide when it comes to red wine in particular, with ShirazPinot NoirCabernet Sauvignon and Merlot being the varietals Down Under is best known for. As far as producers are concerned, the most famous producer in Australia is, without doubt, Penfolds.

The Penfolds Grange is the most well-known bottle to come from the Adelaide-based producer, which changes from year to year since it made from grapes harvested from a relatively wide area, at least compared to other expensive and collectable wines.

So with so much red wine being produced in Australia, it’s certainly a tricky task for the average consumer to find the best. Naturally, the easiest thing you can do is go to wine tastings, visit wine bars or buy bottles from either physical wine stores or online, trial a few and see how they taste.

But to make your search for the best Australian red wine that little bit easier, we’ve compiled some lists of the best Australian wineries who are absolute masters at making red wine. Whether you salivate at the thought of a Shiraz, love a mouthwatering Merlot or are into something a little more titillating such as a Tempranillo, these are the Australian red wine producers you need to know.

Find a producer you like the sound of? Head to one of the best bottle shops in Sydney or Melbourne to pick up a few for yourself.

Australian Red Wine FAQ

What red wine can I use for cooking?

Red wine can be used in a variety of dishes to help intensify the flavour. The best red wines to use in cooking include Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet varietals on the lighter side of the spectrum. Introducing heat to good quality wines can cause them to taste bad and ruin the dish, so stick to affordable red wines if you're throwing them in a dish. Save the good stuff for drinking!

Which red wine is best for beginners?

For Australians yet to venture into red wine territory, one of the best varietals to start drinking is Shiraz or Syrah. This is a much lighter-style wine that will help you understand the various flavourings and aromas you should be picking up.

What red wine is dry?

You'll find that the majority of red wine varietals fall into the dry category. These include Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

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