Every year, Australia produces over one million tonnes of different types of wines. As this volume continues to increase, so does the growing of grapes. There are over 150,000 hectares of grape growing across the six states and over 160 varieties.
Barbera covers 0.1% of the total area with more than 110 hectares. In 2019, Australia managed to produce 615 tonnes of this red variety. The region that mainly grows this variety is Riverina, with over more than half the entire Barbera production. Some of the best Barbera wines are Roxo Cellars and Scott Harvey.
Chardonnay is a white grape grown in every wine region in Australia. It is one of the world’s most planted white grapefruit. Last year, Australia produced more than 350,000 tonnes. Riverland region tops in growing Chardonnay with more than 20% of the total quantity. It is a much colder region whose environment favours Chardonnay.
Chenin blanc produces aromatic and refreshing versatile wines such as Amisfield, Grandin Brut and Grandin Piccolo, etc. It is great with food and has several varieties of tastes and aromas of tropical fruit flavours to choose from. It is quite popular in Riverland and Swan District regions that have cold climates.
Fastest Growing Wine Grapes in Australia
Mataro, aka Mouvèrde, or Monastrell is part of (GSM) Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvèrde grown in France. It is doing well in Australia, where it saw a 21% rise in production in 2015 and a 3% rise in the area grown. Durif is a common grape in the Riverina region. This grapefruit currently boasts over 740 ha from a previous 615 ha in 2015. It is also known as Petite Sirah.
The demand for wine continues to increase every day globally. Wine production in Australia is keeping up with this rate by utilizing some of the region’s cold climate to grow fast-growing wine grapes.