Australia is known as a leading wine country. Few countries have seen their exports grow as explosively as Australia in recent years. The wines are known for being generous, mouth-filling, soft and distinctly fruity. The first vines were brought from the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa in 1788, but wine production was not an immediate success due to the climate being too humid and the soil too rich. Later, when the vines were planted in other regions, things got better.
The climate in the center of the country consists of desert and in the north and east you will find tropical beaches. Viticulture mainly takes place in the warm and more suitable south of Australia, where the climate is most temperate. Irrigation is usually necessary here. Most wine is grown in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and the most common grape varieties are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Sémillon.
Le Connaisseur sells a wide range of Australian wines, including wines from By Farr, d'Arenberg, Jansz, Penfolds, Shottesbrooke and Wirra Wirra.