In the last few years Australia have been trying to regain some of it's reputation.
The market has punish very strongly the standard style of wine produce in Australia and that was market worldwide wether for Shiraz or Chardonnay.
Many Hectares of Shiraz and Chardonnay have been ripped out to be replace by Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
The 3 major wine regions in Australia by shear volume are South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. South Australia and NSW tend to be more famous for their warm climate varieties such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon whereas Victoria is known for cool climate-loving Pinot Noir.
Barossa Valley– Consider one of the oldest living vineyards in the world
The region is unique because of its isolation from the rest of the world. Phylloxera hasn’t yet infected vineyard soils in Barossa, which means it’s home to some of the oldest living vineyards in the world.
Gaining over their reputation....
For a few years now, Winemaker have been focusing on producing more Blend. At a time where the main concern was to offer great bold Shiraz, Oaky Chardonnay introducing the Blend was far from an option.
As the Blend are gaining more and more in popularity in the wine market, Wine producer in Australia are turning to the GSM blend which is typical of the Côte-du-Rhône Blend. Grenache / Syrah / Mourvèdre. Australian wine producer have been getting more and more attention with these blend and are offering a more balance style of wine.
The road to recovery as slowly initiated.
Another region that have followed the Côte-du-Rhône style of Blend is Washington State making some amazing wines in the Walla Walla valley.