Tags: Wine Tasting & Etiquette

Unlike other beverages, wine is a drink that comes with its own set of rules. These rules often go unspoken, but many still adhere to them in fear of appearing uncultured.

If you're looking to become a wine connoisseur, purchasing a set of award-winning Australian wines isn't enough. It would be best if you also took the time to learn the aforementioned unspoken rules.

Without further ado, here are some wine-drinking rules for would-be wine enjoyers. 

1. Take Time to Smell Your Wine

Let's say you receive an invitation to taste test some Australian wines. Before trying any of these, you must first take the time to smell each glass served to you.

Smelling your wine before tasting can better help you discover the bouquet of the wine and can give you an idea of what to expect when you finally decide to taste it.

It will help to put your nose close to the glass. Take a slow and deep whiff. Your goal is to breathe in as much aroma as you can. You must never miss an opportunity to enjoy the scent of your wine.

2. Sip and Don't Gulp

Once you are done smelling your wine, take a small sip. You do not have to gulp down your glass to experience the full taste of wine. In fact, gorging on your Australian wines can sometimes dampen the taste.

You need to take a small sip and let the wine linger in your mouth. It would be best to allow it to interact with your taste buds. This interaction can help you enjoy the wine's flavour.

Moreover, let the wine rest in your mouth for several seconds before swallowing it. Doing so will help you fully experience its taste.

3. Always Aerate Your Wine

Aeration, or "letting the wine breathe," is a process wherein you allow your wine to mix with the oxygen in the air.

It is a process that allows the wine to release its full flavour. Aerating your wine can also help you experience its aroma.

There are different ways to aerate your bottles of wine. You can let it sit in an open area and allow the air to do its magic. You may also decant the wine using a decanter. Lastly, you can swirl your wine in a glass for quite some time and consume it after.

4. Serve Wine in the Right Glasses

Picking the right glass for your wine can help you get the most out of your bottle of Australian wines.

Several types of glassware can help you achieve this. Firstly, you need to select stemmed glasses with a wide bowl. A stemmed glass can help improve the taste of your wine.

Why? Well, wine can sometimes have a bit of a bite, especially when it is not adequately cooled. Drinking your wine from a stemmed glass can help decrease the sensation of the alcohol bite.

5. Take a Break in Between Glasses

You don't need to follow the tips above one after another. In doing so, you might end up losing focus on the wine itself.

It is best to sip a glass of wine, let it linger in your mouth, wait for your taste buds to start working, and then take your next sip.

Other than these tips, you must also spend a few moments enjoying the atmosphere where you're drinking your Australian wines. Don't forget to listen to music, have a conversation with your friends and family, or simply enjoy the view. 


Wine-drinking can be a whole new experience if you know how to take care of your wine.

As a wine drinker, you must remember that you don't need to follow every one of these rules. However, as a beginner, it would be best if you get used to them. Doing so can help you appreciate your Australian wines properly.

If you want to learn more about Australian wines, why not visit an Australian wine vineyard? Millon Wines consists of some of the finest winemakers in Australia. We are the perfect choice for you, whether you are looking to purchase award-winning wines or want guidance through the world of wine. Contact us today to start your wine journey!