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Australia wine has undergone a spectacular development in recent years. In the past 15-20 years, its exports have grown to 350 million liters and the number of wineries has reached 1,350. In addition, Australia aims to double these figures over the next decade.
The wine industry in Australia is trying to take advantage of new technologies and flexibility. There are no designations of origin and the wineries are able to produce different wines and varieties, keeping a single geographic control over them.
Australian wine is grown mainly in the southeast of the island, where the climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean, but with somewhat longer falls. This increases the period of ripening of the grapes, giving the wine more body and alcohol content than those of typically Mediterranean wines.
In Australia, the wine comes from French vines with American rootstock. So among the white varieties we find Chardonnay, Muscat, Semillon, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Among the red wine varieties, more classics, such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Monastrell.
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