Is the Australia’s wine palate changing?

Is the Australian wine palate changing?

Angelica Nohra
Wine Importer | Wine List Consultant | Speaker

Note: This is purely an opinion piece and I'm requesting your thoughts on it as well.  

Some people may know I spend most Friday nights and Saturday afternoons in bottle shops doing wine tastings. One thing I've noticed in recent months is how open Australians have become about trying varieties outside of the big Barossa Valley Shiraz and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. I'm starting to see more and more people moving to softer varietals like Pinot Noir, Merlot and on the flip side, big buttery Chardonnays for white. 

The beautiful thing for me is seeing how many people are willing and open to try varieties like Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Cotes du Rhone, Sangiovese, Carmenere and more. Even more fun for me is being able to share stories of Varieties and the brands we import 

So, are Australians over Barossa Valley Shiraz? Or are we all just more excited about getting more educated on what else is out there? Are we aware of how 15-16.5% alcohol wines affect us so we are opting for 12.5-13.5% more often? Are we drinking less so our palates are getting used to softer styles? Are we finally appreciating the subtle and elegant Southern Rhone Shiraz rather than the massive wines we produce here in Australia? 

I'm really interested in your feedback. Are Australians just tired of drinking? Is the culture changing? With events like FebFast, Dry July and OctSober, are we feeling shamed for drinking? 

I'm very interested in your feedback so let me know in the comments below. 


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  • Hi Angelica. Yes I do think Australia’s palette is getting open to different things. Though there are many factors involved. For me, ageing is a factor. Cutting down on the volume due to its impact the next day. Also as I get older I can afford to try different things. I bought a bottle of Babadillo Pedro ximenez sherry last week. I don’t drink sherry, do drink port, but heard this was nice. UncleDan was kind enough to open a bottle for Ros and I to try. Thus a bottle purchased. That is another factor. Suppliers willingness to provide tastings.

    Also spending some time in Champagne, you learn there is more that Moët. Thanks to you and Henri we have more and better variety.

    Travel of course, as above, opens our eyes. More Australians are travelling than before. Even my 20 something kids have traveled you Europe.

    The trouble now is the variety. While I can afford to buy something different, I cannot afford that without knowing I like it. So tasting first is now essential.

    Please continue to spread the word.

    Ian Lambert on

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