Grapevine varieties

Wine Australia publishes statistics of Australia’s current key grapevine varieties, with additional information found in its Australian Wine website, accessible via the links below. Statistics on grape varieties and plantings can also be found in Which winegrape varieties are grown where?, an eBook produced by the University of Adelaide. This book draws upon a database of regional, national and global wine-grape bearing areas by variety, 1960 to 2016, and includes raw data, statistics, graphs and tables.

In addition, since 2012, Dr Peter Dry has published a series of articles in the Wine Industry Journal (now Wine & Viticulture Journal) profiling key alternative grape varieties that might be adaptable to Australia’s climatic conditions. Note that the prime variety name has been chosen, but there are many synonyms for some varieties, and these are detailed within the articles. An Alternative Varieties workshop is available to producers upon request.

Use the links below to access these articles on alternative varieties, Wine Australia’s varietal snapshots and profiles of key Australian varieties.

Varietal identification of vines in existing vineyards is possible via ampelography or genetic (DNA) testing. Wine Australia’s fact sheet Vine identification – knowing what you have provides a summary of these methods. The Australian Genome Research Facility is the only lab in Australia that offers genetic identification of grape varieties. This test is based on DNA profiling using microsatellite markers, with the result compared to a known database.

White grape varieties

Red grape varieties