Arriving with the settlers, the first grapevines were planted in Australia at the end of the 18th century. This vast country has become the sixth most important wine producer in the world and counts 63 wine regions which have remarkably positioned themselves into the evolution of the worldwide wine market.
Cultivated almost everywhere on the Australian continent, chardonnay is the first white grape variety that produces and wins a broad public, attracted by its aromas of tropical fruits and hot butter.
In reds, the syrah--"shiraz"--is the best known and the most commonly planted. Its aromatic exuberance has become one of the symbols of the Australian vineyard.
The country also produces lesser-known, elegant wines in the cooler climates which are remarkable.