Australia A warm and dry, large country with multiple geographical areas specializing in different varieties of wine. Australia is an extremely important wine producing country in terms of its scale, economy, and quality. It is the sixth largest wine producer in the world. The vast size and range of climatic and geographical conditions makes Australia a very versatile wine-growing country. Here is where the coined term “Shiraz” was named after their unique taste of Syrah wines. There are six important wine growing “states”: Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. In South Australia, Barossa Valley, you’ll find a focus on Shiraz and Riesling. Particularly, Eden Valley and Clare Valley specializing in top-quality Riesling. Western Australia’s Margaret River is a prime region for Chardonnay and Bordeaux blends. Victoria, much cooler from the coastal influence, is making fruity Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In New South Wales, Hunter Valley, you’ll find age-worthy Syrah and Sémillon. Last, but certainly not least, Tasmania is pulling out graceful Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.