Discover South Australian Wines: Q&A

Did you know South Australia is home to some of the oldest vines in the world?

The Barossa Valley is home to the world’s oldest Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre vineyards – dating back to 1842, 1850 and 1853 respectively. McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Langhorne Creek are also home to a number of vineyards planted in the 19th century - just think of the history they’ve seen!

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How many different grape varieties are grown in South Australia?

Over 130 – everything from the classic Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to the new ‘alternative varieties’ such as Barbera, Sangiovese and Fiano. Many of these Mediterranean varieties are now finding new homes in regions like McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and Riverland.

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Why is Australia called the oldest continent?

Because it is home to the oldest continental crust on the planet. In terms of wine regions, South Australia’s McLaren Vale has geologies up to 550 million years old - making it one of the most ancient wine regions in terms of geology in the world.

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How many wine regions are there in South Australia?

There are 18 different wine regions in South Australia, together accounting for around 76,000 hectares of vineyards – the equivalent of 2/3 the size of Bordeaux. This includes well known regions such as the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale as well as lesser-known regions such as Kangaroo Island and Langhorne Creek.

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What are the best food matches for South Australian wine?

There are so many! Try cool climate Adelaide Hills sparkling with local Aussie coffin bay oysters. Chargrilled Asian pork is a great match for crisp Clare and Eden Valley Rieslings, particularly with a bit of age. If you’re a red wine lover try miso aubergines with fragrant McLaren Vale Grenache, or for something a bit richer you can’t beat bold Barossa Shiraz with steak.

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Looking to buy Australian wine?

The Oddbins Australian wine range is certain to have just what you’re after. Not sure which of the South Australian wines will best suit your palate? Try our Premium South Australian wine mixed case, or contact our helpful team for advice via Live Chat, e-mail or by calling 0800 328 23 23.