20 Wine Regions to Try in Your 20s
While we all love a fine drop of wine, the vast selection on offer can sometimes be overwhelming, puzzling, and downright confusing, to say the least. Cue aimless wandering the aisles of bottle shops on a Friday night week after week. In an attempt to help us make more informed and insightful decisions in our choice of vino, Tempus Two winemaker, Andrew Duff, has shared his industry knowledge with us as he reveals his top 10 wine regions in both Australia and globally. Plus he shares the varieties they are famous for that you should experience at least once in your lifetime. Scroll down to learn how you can choose an excellent drop every single time.
Top 10 Wine Regions in Australia
- The Hunter Valley tops the list, whether it be an Australian or International top 20. Although it may be seen as biased, the region itself has an impeccable record, both domestically and internationally, especially for its semillon—both young and aged—along with its chardonnay and shiraz.
- The Barossa Valley is an obvious inclusion— its world renowned big, bold, blocky shiraz is so well known in it is often thought of as the only red Australia produces. Barossa Valley shiraz are superb wines, even though some can be a little hot (too alcoholic) for me personally at times.
- The beautiful Eden Valley neighbours the Barossa, but is higher in altitude and experiences a cooler climate. Both the shiraz and rieslings of this region are exceptional, many of these rieslings adorn my cellar as do those from the Clare Valley and will lay down for a decade before I open them. The Clare Valley also produces one of the most unique and distinctive styles of shiraz in Australia.
- The Adelaide Hills is a very classy region and, like the Hunter Valley, easily accessible from its state's capital. The region is higher in altitude and considered to produce cooler climate wines—the diversity of varieties being played with is inspiring, but highlights for me include pinot noir, chardonnay, and tempranillo.
- The last ode to South Australia would be the Coonawarra region and its exceptional cabernet sauvignons.
- Crossing the border into Victoria to the picturesque wine regions of the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, where they exquisitely embrace the two great varieties of Burgundy—chardonnay and pinot noir.
- Although the two Victorian regions are excelling with their classic varieties, the little Apple Isle of Tasmania certainly can’t be left out of the conversation, and in particular for me the Huon Valley’s pinot noirs are the island treasure.
- One must not forget the Margaret River’s cabernet blends of the west coast to round out the Aussie 10.
Top 10 Wine Regions in the World
- Barbaresco, Italy—Nebbiolo
- Barolo, Italy—Nebbiolo
- Rioja, Spain—Tempranillo
- Chianti, Italy—Sangiovese
- Burgundy, France—Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
- Bordeaux , France—Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
- Hawkes Bay, NZ—Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot Blends
- Mosel, Germany—Riesling
- Russian River Valley, United States—Pinot Noir
- Champagne, France—with its own wine style created by blending Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.