No longer do we have to purchase imported wines from around the world. Australia can hold its own with its broad range of wines, many of which have won awards here as well as overseas. Make your wine selection to complement your Christmas meal and learn beforehand what types of wines your guests prefer.

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Andraos Bros Wines

Grown in Sunbury Victoria, at the historic Winilba Vineyard, this wine is only available online. This vineyard exports a large portion of their wine overseas. Choices range from the smooth soft fruited palate Sweet Lilly Riesling through to Grandfather’s Reserve Shiraz. This shiraz comes in a deep garnet hue with aromas of blackberries and sandalwood.

King Valley Pinot Grigio

This top Australian wine is light & golden in colour. It gives subtle hints of honey, spice and pear. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a good everyday drinking wine. Grown in the Whitfield district of Victoria, this winery has developed a reputation for varietal wines of high quality, such as the wild yeast Merlot.

Soul Growers Persistence Grenache Red Wine

Grown in the Barossa Valley for over 150 years, this is the hallmark of a well-established winery. This is a surprising 2009 wine which is sure to please red wine lovers. The winery uses traditional techniques such as basket presses and keeps handling to a minimum. Barrels are 1-4 year old oak and wine matures for up to two years in the oak to obtain the best vintage.

Breathing Space Chardonnay

For a reasonably priced wine, this crisp chardonnay comes from the legendary Margaret River wine growing district. It boasts influences of oak with subtle hints of rockmelon, peach and nectarine. If you prefer a Pinot Gris, this is a good alternative choice. It is a light wine suitable to be served during your lunch time or evening meal.

Giaconda Estate Shiraz

With aromas of violets and wild briar, this expensive wine is in high demand. This is only the second release from Estate Shiraz and already shows promise of outstanding refinement. Your palate will experience refined tannins and with the addition of a small Viognier component, you will definitely experience an added interesting dimension. Grapes are grown exposed to the cooler southern climate at Everton Upper, Victoria. Chardonnays are aged in a cave underground which means a cooler slower ageing process.

You can match your wine selection with the courses of the Christmas lunch. Christmas meals usually include a selection of seafood, poultry and meats, so make your selection appropriately. A Christmas tradition is for guests to also partake of mulled wine. This is a very old tradition where red wine is served warm with the addition of spices and raisins. Make sure you have a selection of wines on hand for your guests, as not all guests have the same tastes.

About the Author: Tara Blair has been a full time writer for three years. Tara loves DIY art and craft. Her latest project is to design online invitations for her family Christmas party. When Tara is not writing you will find her coaching at her local yoga studio.