The Australian wine business is among the world’s biggest exporters of vitally wine, with more than 800 million from the 1.1 to 1.2 billion liters produced annually exported to worldwide markets. The wine industry accounts for a major contributor to the Australian economy via employment, exports, tourism, and production. In the past, the main Australian wine-producing regions have been the South West of Australia, Margaret River, Orange County and the Bellingen Region in South Australia. There have been a number of expansions in these areas in recent years with further wine-producing regions being added to the list on an ongoing basis. Australian wine has grown to become an internationally recognized beverage with the highest quality and most prestigious wines winning prestigious awards at national and international tastings and competitions.
As indicated by the Australian Government, which produces a large number of Australia’s wine exports, there has been a major shift in the types of grapes used in producing Australian wine. These have been changed to improve their quality, demand and value. The most common varieties used are; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Malbec and a couple of others. The major wine regions in Australia are; South East, North South East, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Adelaide and Western Australia.
There are many wineries throughout Australia which produce a wide range of wines and it is not unusual to find a variety of them in any one area. Some of the major vineyards are; The Vineyard, Creek, Glosterwood, Berala Apple, Greenmount, Johnstone, Keith Settlement, Martinborough, Horsham, Rydges, Oxley, Elwood, Burleigh Heads, Mt Gambier, Yountville and the Blue Mountains. Some of the best known regions for producing chill Climate wines include; Barrier Reef, Clare Valley, Mornington Valley, Margaret River, Hunter Valley, Tamar Valley, Tallebudgera, Innamincka, Kings Canyon, Laverdi, Mooloolaba and Oodnadatta. There are also many independent wine producers making an excellent quality wine.