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Class 1: Australia: History and Grapes


For many consumers, Australian wine is synonymous with Shiraz. Australia has truly made this variety its own. Now the most-planted variety in Australia, Shiraz accounts for almost 20% of the country's plantings.

Red varieties make up about 60% of Australia's total grape acreage. The other important reds are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Mourvedre.

The top white wines are made with Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

Finally, Australia also produces significant amounts of fortified and sparkling wines.

This module describes these grapes and wines they make.


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Ancient Vines
Gnarled, old Shiraz vines such as...

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