Red wines for autumnThe lighter, brighter reds you might have enjoyed from the barbecue ice bucket over summer are still relevant now, however, autumn will see them served at warmer temperatures and with richer ingredients. Think spiced duck breast with pinot or eggplant lasagne with cabernet franc. You’ll also want to bring a bit of body and spice into play, with styles such as Spanish and Italian reds working well with autumn flavours (and to warm you up, too).
White wines for autumn
Flavoursome, medium-bodied whites with texture are great at the table, particularly with classic comfort foods like roast chicken served with baked potatoes or a cheesy autumnal traybake. From an aromatic gewurztraminer to an unctuous viognier, these styles of whites will pair well with all sorts of autumn produce. And for those creamy, salty dishes, look to types with zippy acidity and even a little sweetness to cleanse and balance the palate.
Autumn white wines
Discovery Chardonnay 2018Margaret River
Apostrophe Stone's Throw Riesling Gewürztraminer Pinot Blanc 2019Great Southern
Airstrip Marsanne Roussanne Viognier 2017
Margaret River Gewürztraminer 2018
Sutton Grange Winery
Estate Viognier 2019
Pink wines for autumnRosé is the ultimate transeasonal wine, offering the refreshment of a white and the phenolics of a red. It’s a great all-rounder to have on hand for fine days and cool nights, matching to an array of cuisines and occasions. You could even look to bubbly styles for picnics among the leaves.
Orange wines for autumnAll the herbs and spices of autumn cooking will work perfectly with an orange wine. They’ll also match the season’s fiery palette, with skin-contact whites having hues ranging from gold to amber and copper. Common varieties used to make skin-contact whites are pinot gris/grigio, thanks to this grape’s striking colours, and highly aromatic types like chenin blanc.
Sweet wines for autumn
Think of autumn, and some of the most visceral images that come to mind are of orchard fruits in bubbling crumbles, tempting tarts and pies. Given the plump figs, plums, quinces, and apples of this season, it would be remiss not to include some dessert-appropriate wines. Try these.