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  1. Pyrenees, Vic

    Pyrenees, Vic

    For most people, hearing the words 'the Pyrenees' makes their eyes glaze over and look distantly off to the left as they imagine the wonderful joys of Southern France, where it meets the Spanish border. Respond with the statement 'No, I meant the Pyrenees region of Victoria..' and their eyes revert back to the present moment and a quizzical look appears on their faces.. 'There's a Pyrenees in Australia?!' Yes, there most certainly is. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, Scottish surveyor and explorer first came upon this land in the year 1836. He was the first European on record to have travelled through this part of Victoria finding it more temperate in climate and better watered than NSW. This section of the Great Dividing Range reminded him of the Pyrenees in France, where he had previously served in battle. The first vineyards were planted here by the Mackareth family in 1848. The winery was said to be quite substantial, however around the end of the First World War, two brothers

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  2. Hunter Valley, NSW

    Hunter Valley, NSW

    Most notable for being the first major wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley had vines planted as early as 1789. The authorities at the time encouraged wine production, thinking that folks overindulging wine was preferable to filling up on strong spirits. Responsible Drinking back in the 1700's!

    History

    It was James Busby, after snapping up a chunk of the valley between Branxton and Singleton, who ushered in the region's (and in large part Australia's) presence on the world stage as a notable producer of acclaimed wines. Busby travelled throughout Europe and South Africa in 1831 collecting cuttings from over 500 vineyards, including Syrah from Hermitage in the Rhône. Many of these were planted in the Hunter, and notables like George Wyndham (Wyndham Estate) used cuttings from Busby's Kirkton vineyards. By 1876 there were approximately 1800 vines in the Hunter, and vineyards were growing north and south along the valley.

    And all the hard work was

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  3. Barossa Valley, SA

    Barossa Valley, SA

    Just 60km northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions.

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  4. Marlborough, NZ

    Marlborough, NZ

    Generally regarded as the launch point for the modern NZ wine world, Marlborough is as stunning to see as it is hospitable for growing Sauvignon Blanc. Cool, sea-lashed nights and warm days create long ripening seasons, giving NZ savvy's a fresh, green and intense flavour with wonderfully balanced acid. Drink them young, and enjoy them with seafood.

    History

    While wine has been produced in this region for decades (yeah, we hate to think that the 70's were THAT long ago), the 1980's were the watermark for Marlborough. The Sauvignon Blanc's were gaining attention for being as good, if not better, than anywhere else. This was aided by a gradual decline in making the wine with a smokey, oaked style. Clean and crisp with limed acid became the fashion, and critics showered them with praise. By the late 90's, many were writing that Marlborough was the best spot on earth to grow Sauvignon Blanc.

    Visiting

    Today, the demand and quality have made Marlborough the

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  5. Adelaide Hills, SA

    Adelaide Hills, SA

    Considerably cooler than the surrounding plains, the hills are washed in rain during winter months, and the peaks wrapped in fog.

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  6. Yarra Valley, Vic

    Yarra Valley, Vic

    Yarra Valley, just an hours drive east from Melbourne, is one of Australia's great cool-weather regions. Chardonnay lives happily here, granting the wines notes of peach and fig. The real standout is Pinot Noir, that fickle red that challenges winemakers everywhere. The Yarra terroir is very suitable, producing complex wines with deep notes of berry

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  7. Heathcote, Vic

    Heathcote, Vic

    Often a well-kept secret amongst lovers of classic Australian Shiraz, Heathcote is hallowed ground for a group of smaller red wine producers. Ancient red soil dating back 500,000 million years seems to lend unique presence and depth to the flavour of reds made there. When James Parker scored Wild Duck Creek's Duck Muck at 99 in the late 90's, the

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  8. Mornington Peninsula, Vic

    Mornington Peninsula, Vic

    As you'd expect from a peninsula, Mornington is cool and maritime, with vines getting a good blasting of cold in winter. Folks who know about climate and wine would know that would rule out your classic big, bold Aussie reds. Maybe, but good producers and a focus on medium-bodied wines and sparklings have put this area on the map.

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  9. Mount Barker, WA

    Mount Barker, WA

    A sub-region of the Margaret River, this notable spot is cool and has the kind of soil Riesling thrives in. Complex reds like Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and that brooding Pinot Noir are also happy here. It's a world-class spot in the region.

    History

    It was back in 1955, when Professor Harold Olmo (on leave from his post as Prof

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  10. Margaret River, WA

    Margaret River, WA

    In terms of production, the Margaret River is a small player in the Australian wine world. Under 5% of Aussie wine comes from here, but over 20% of it is premium stuff. We're happy to see David beat Goliath in the award show if we keep getting those dry, fruity whites and supple reds. Go west, young man, and taste!

    History

    Much

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  11. Pemberton, WA

    Pemberton, WA

    Heading south from the well-known Margaret River area (and you should – it's a lovely drive), you'll come across Pemberton tucked into the towering trees of the neighbouring forests. Things grow well here, so why not grape vines?

    History

    The soil is so good, in fact, local vignerons use a lot of tough love on the vines

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  12. Canberrra District, ACT

    Canberrra District, ACT

    Tucked on the border of the ACT and NSW, this is small region but notable for good cool-weather whites. Chilly temps in winter and soil that drains the winter rains suit good Chardy's and Riesling, and the local producers run with it. Closer to Canberra Shiraz loves the warm days and cool nights in this part of the area – the result is

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