Australia’s most popular grape varieties

Nowhere else is the dominance of a few grape varieties as big as in Australia. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay account for almost 60% of the total vineyard area of 149,000 hectares. Syrah alone accounts for 28% of the planted vines.

But perhaps a diversification is in sight. Both Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc are showing a strong increase. Also, some grapes belonging to the 20 per cent of “other grapes” are increasing.

The 10 most planted grape varieties in Australia:

  1. Syrah, 40,000 ha
  2. Cabernet Sauvignon, 25,000 ha
  3. Chardonnay, 21,000 ha
  4. Merlot, 8,000 ha
  5. Sauvignon Blanc, 6,000 ha
  6. Pinot noir, 5,000 ha
  7. Sémillon, 5,000 ha
  8. Pinot Gris, 4,000 ha
  9. Riesling, 3,000 ha
  10. Muscat d’Alexandrie, 2,000 ha
  11. Other grapes, 30, 000 ha


We currently do not have a wine tour to Australia on the BKWine travel program. But we do have a fabulous wine tour to neighbouring New Zealand.

Syrah grape bunch in Tuscany

Syrah grape bunch in Tuscany, copyright BKWine Photography

Syrah vineyard

Syrah vineyard, copyright BKWine Photography

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