Wine now ranks as one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world, and with such a huge variety to choose from, it’s easy to see why. Although traditionally centred in Europe, the production of wine is steadily growing in other countries outside of Europe such as Australia.
This country is even home to the world’s oldest grape vines! Back in 1788, grape vines were brought over from Europe to Australia and began production in 1791. However, due to the arrival of the grape root louse Phylloxera, the entire European vineyards were wiped out from 1860 onwards.
With over 148,509 ha of vines throughout the country, it’s no surprise that Australia now ranks as the 7th largest wine producing country in the world, and this number is steadily growing. For some interesting facts on the development and origins of Australian wine production, check out the neat infographic below.