Australia’s unique climate and landscape have fostered a fiercely independent wine scene, home to a vibrant community of growers, winemakers, viticulturists, and vignerons. Australia’s terroir is incredibly diverse and spans 65 wine regions, from the Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale to the cooler climates of Tasmania and parts of Victoria, and from the low humidity of the Barossa Valley to the warm-to-hot climate and moist soils of the Hunter Valley. This diversity allows Australian winemakers to produce nearly every major wine variety while being renowned for their Shiraz ( actually over 100 varieties!) while ensuring each wine has a strong sense of place. The Australian wine community today is founded on the explorers of the past who identified the optimal vineyard sites. From the iconic to the lesser known, Australia’s 65 wine regions boast distinct characteristics that are expressed in wines produced by makers attuned to their land. The wine regions of Australia are largely concentrated in the south east and south west of Australia where temperatures don’t climb too high to retain the much needed acidity in the grapes.