Good quality Australian wines under $30 a bottle

Australian wines

Have you ever wondered which wine to choose?  Are you confused by so many options?

Are you looking for good quality Australian wines — preferably under $30 a bottle?  We decided to make life a little easier, and have put together a simple list of our favourites!

Choosing a wine to take home or dining out often becomes confusing with the myriad of wine choices available.  Pairing wines with food complicates the options even further.

What do you do when nothing sounds familiar?

Extensive research (hic) was involved in the creation of this list so we hope you enjoy our suggestions – don’t forget to leave us your comments below.

Australian wine history

Many of the wineries were started up by early settlers who often brought vine stock with them to Australia.

Australian wineries date back to the early 1800’s.  Some of the most historic wine producing regions in Australia are the Hunter Valley, the Barossa, the Yarra Valley and Margaret River, to mention just a few.

Bubbles

  1. Grant Burge – Pinot Noir Chardonnay – Barossa Valley, South Australia
    Exceptional sparkling wine with an appealing strawberry, citrus and honey flavours.  Richly flavoured with a beautiful crisp finish – RRP $26 bottle
  2. Blue Pyrenees Midnight Curvee – Pinor Noir Chardonay – Pyrenees region in Victoria  
    Sparkling chardonnay with a nose of green apples and citrus.  Crisp and lively with flavours in the lemon and lime spectrum.  A very classy fizz – RRP $ 30 bottle

White wines

  1. West Cape Howe – Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – Great Southern Region, Western Australia
    Bright and aromatic bouquet with a mix of gooseberry and citrus aromas – perfect with chicken and seafood dishes – RRP $16
  2. Houghton’s Classic Dry White – Sauvignon Blanc – Swan Valley, Western Australia
    A blend of aromatic white varieties, one of the most popular wine across Australia.  Crisp and refreshing bouquet – Creamy pastas – RRP $9
  3. De Bortoli La Boheme Act III – Pinot Gris – Yarra Valley in Victoria
    Refined, dry palate with green apple and mandarin.  Gently aromatic enjoyable crisp wine –  Great for seafood, curries and Thai dishes-  RRP $19

Rose style wines

  1. Kellermeister Alicante Bouchet – Rose – Barossa Valley, South Australia
    An exotic and unique red-fleshed grape.   Fresh ripe berries with a hint of sweet spice.  Perfect with seafood or piquant salads.  RRP $15
  2. Bonking Frog Summer Merlot – Merlot style Rose – Margaret River, Western Australia
    Versatile and food friendly wine style. Combination of balanced fruit and acidity to enjoy with Asian and Mediteranean dishes – RRP $22
  3. Chain of ponds – Bird in Hand – Rose – Adelaide Hills, South Australia
    Strong honeysuckle Fresh and lively with strawberry flavours. Great to serve with curries, seafood and pasta dishes – RRP $19
  4. Chaffey Bros Not your Grandma’s Rose – Barossa Valley, South Australia
    Strawberry, musk and turkish delight aromas.  Great with all foods, seafood and prawns, chicken and charcuterie.  Crisp natural acidity with lingering spices on the palate. Delicious accompaniment to seafood, chicken and lamb dishes – RRP – $22

Red wines

  1. Tim Adams The Fergus – Clare Valley, South Australia
    A rich and unusual blend of Grenache and cabernet France from the Clare Valley with a bouquet of ripe cherries and plums.  Spicy fruit flavours and soft tannins.  Perfect for BBQ, casseroles and lamb dishes – RRP $23
  2. Jim Barry’s Cover Drive – Clare Valley & Coonawarra in South Australia
    A rich and vibrant Clare Valley Cab Sav with all the mocha and chocolate characters you can expect from this region.  A favourite with hearty casseroles, BBQs and roast beef –   RRP – $18
  3. St Hallett Faith Shiraz – Barossa Valley, South Australia
    An impressive purple crimson colour. A spicy medium-bodied to full-bodied with black fruits with blackberry and raspberry fruit flavours – Perfect with BBQ Ribs – RRP – $15
  4. Pepperjack Shiraz – Barossa Valley, South Australia
    A deep coloured shiraz with spicy cocoa flavours and underlying dark plums and blackcurrant fruits.  Holds true to a fine steak – RRP – $25

Something a little different to finish

  1. Bethany Old Quarry Fronti – White Port – Barossa Valley in South Australia
    A blend of aged white wines.  Fortified with brandy spirits, this deep golden wine displays a rich, fragrant nose of orange marmalade, hints of honey and treacle. A lingering velvety palate creates this deliciously rich and smooth fortified wine. Perfect to end a fine dinner with figs, hard cheeses and quince japonica – Sip and enjoy.  RRP $25
  2. Penfolds Club Reserve Classic Tawney Port – Port – Barossa Valley, South Australia
    An underrated port which is a fine drop to finish off a beautiful meal.  Complex toffee, mixed spice and dried fig flavours – RRP $15

Rockford WinesAustralian wines are a relatively new industry by international standards but we are making a name for ourselves and regularly take out medals.

Our biggest challenge was to ensure the wines were available at most popular restaurants or cellars throughout Australia.

Whilst we’ve listed an approximate recommended retail prices please remember, they are just a guide and may vary from store to store and will certainly be higher in restaurants.

Have you tried any of these wines?  Do you have any favourites you can recommend?  Taste our favourites and let me know, we’d love to put together another selection for you to enjoy.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Nice list! I’ve had the Pepperjack here in NZ, and of course a Blue Pyrenees over there in Aus, both excellent wines. I’ll keep a look out here for some of the others.

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