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Australia is quickly making a name for itself in the wine industry. The world's largest island already exports more than 30 million cases of wine each year to countries around the world. The country is also known for its innovation; Australian winemakers pioneered such techniques as night harvesting, drip irrigation and pressure and temperature control to retain full flavors in their wines.

Australia's First Families of Wine
Formed in Australia in 2009, Australia's First Families of Wine came together to tell the world about the heritage of Australia's premium wines and to share the stories behind them. Comprising twelve family-owned Australian wineries, they cumulatively represent sixteen Australian regions across four states.

Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology
Founded in 1980 as a non-political organisation, the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology serves the interests of practising winemakers and viticulturists by encouraging the exchange of technical information.

Bendigo Winegrowers Association
Located in Central Victoria, the Bendigo wine region is primarily planted with red wine varietals like Shiraz. Local winegrowers formed the association to promote better understanding of the region's wines. It organises and promotes festivals, tastings and special events such as the famous Heritage Uncorked wine and food walk.

New England Wines, Vineyards and Wineries
The New England area of New South Wales is unlike any other grape growing region in Australia. This is due the region's diversity from high altitude (with a good number of vineyards above 1,000 m), cool climate vineyards along the spine of the Great Dividing Range to the lower and warmer sites on the western edges of the New England Tablelands.

Sydney Vignerons Association
Formerly the Nepean Hawkesbury Wine & Grape Growers Association, the Sydney Vignerons Association aims to revive the wine and grape growing industry in the region surrounding Sydney and to promote the historic Sydney Wine Trail.

Wine Australia
This website sponsored by the Australian Wine Bureau offers guides to Australian wine styles, wine regions, geography, history, statistics and suggestions on how to match food with wine.

Yarra Valley Winegrowers Association
Located to the west of Melbourne, Victoria's Yarra Valley is home to some 70 wineries growing primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Australia Travel Guide

(Updated: 05/24/13 BH)

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