Shiraz rules the wines horizon in Australia, being the most produced, consumed and exported wine varietal. However, there are several other varietals of red wines which are also produced in Australia. These are lesser known but do make for a wide varietal mix for Australian wine regions.
Barbera: Barbera accounts for only 110 heactares of land area under cultivation, which is merely 0.08% of total area under vineyards in Australia. This is a premium red wine which sells in export market in price range of A$10 to 20 per litre.
Cabernet Franc: Cabernet Franc is grown in 330 hectares of land area whicih is 0.24% of the total vineyard area. This wine australia is exported mostly to UK and USA and the price of export of per litre of bottle ranges from $7.5 to $20.00 per bottle.
Dolcetto: This is another red wine grape which covers an area of 100 hectares. It is exported to other countries mostly in price range of A$5/litre to A$ 7.5/litre.
Dolcetto vineyard is declining since 2010.
Durif: Durif is another red wine variety which is grown in 620 hectares of land area. It is sold mostly in per litre price range of A$2.5 to A$5.0. UK and USA are the two major export markets.
Mataro/Mourvedre: This grape in used in preparing a blend of wines popularly called GSM. The vineyard area under this grape has been declining and currently stands at 750 hectares. This is a premium wine which sells at A$10.00/litre to A$20 per litre.
Nebbiolo: This red wine grape covers an areas of 110 hectares in Australia, most in wine regions of Yarra Valley and Hilltops. Interestingly, this is exported mostly to Denmark nad UK where this wine varietal is in good demand.
Nero d’avila: Nero d’Avila is grown on only 80 hectares of land area in Australia. The export of this wine has seen a growth of 271% as compared to last year.
Ruby Cabernet: This is grown in about 850 hectares of land area in Australia and is mostly present in Riverina and Riverland areas of Australia. This wine grape sells mostly in price band of A$2.5 to A$5.0 per litre.
Sangiovese: Sangiovese occupies 440 hectares of vineyard area in Australia. This is exported mostly to United kingdom which accounts for more than half of its total exports. Exported mostly in price band of A$2.5 to A$4.99/litre
Tarrango: Tarrango did not have any significant vineyard area under cultivation since 2011. Most of the Tarrango wines produced were exported to United Kingdom which accounted for alomst 75% of its exports. It sells well in price band of A$5.0 to A$7.5/litre.
Touriga: The last recorded vineyard area under Touriga grape was 50 heactares in 2010. The wine is sold exported in price range of A$20.00 and above for 1 litre. This is one of the most premium of red wines due to its rarity.
Zinfandel: Zinfandel is grown in only 90 hectares of land area. Barossa valley is the most important wine growing area for this grape varietal. Exports to US account for almost 60 percent of its exports.