The climate, soils and regions of Australia have some of the oldest geology and most complex soils in the world – making some of the worlds most distinct wine styles. Australia, alongside New Zealand & South Africa, is a founding member of the Six Nations – known back in 2003 as the Tri-Nations Wine Challenge. With some 65 regions, diversity is the name of the game. Australia regularly challenges the other participants for Nation of Show with a significant medal haul – Excellence in Sparkling, Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet & Red Blends keeps Australia on the cutting edge.
Huon Hooke – Australia
One of Australia’s major wine writers and critics, Chair of the Vin de Champagne Awards, judge of the Australian Winemaker of the Year and a number of other major wine competitions. He tastes wines blind and writes for Decanter, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Sydney Morning Herald and occasionally The World of Fine Wine. Huon’s career in wine started in 1983 and after 33 years he is one of the world’s longest-serving weekly wine commentators.
Australian wine – sunshine in a bottle! Well, this is still true, however there is so much more to discover in the ‘down under’ wine scene. Diversity is the name of the game, with a new wave of talented young winemakers constantly pushing the boundaries across this vast land. Certain varieties are synonymous with Australian Wine – Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon to name but a few. These are now being planted in specially selected areas to reflect the true varietal characteristics – resulting in a range of wine styles for the consumers. There is also increased focus on Mediterranean varieties including Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Barbera. The only consistency is change!
Wine Regions: 65
Bottles: 1.37 Billion Litres
Planted Varietals: Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Mourvedre
Climate: Regional Specific – range of climatic zones dependant on regional location.
Winning Wines from Australia
Below are a selection of winning wines from the Six Nations Wine Challenge since their inclusion.