Famous for Paul Hogan, Fosters Lager, and Mel Gibson, Australia’s wine industry has become a dominant force on the international wine market over the past 20 years. Vines were originally grown here in the mid 1800s, but the wine produced was mostly fortified wine to be sent back to England. Old vine Grenache and Mouvedre dating back to the late 1800s is still farmed in Australia today; however it is probably the Syrah grape for which Australia is most famous. Known as Shiraz in Australia, these are generally big wines with generous fruit and oak. This easy drinking style helped to push Australian wines to the top of the export market. Australian wines became known for their simple fruit forward style and dominated the supermarket shelves and wine list alike. Recently Australia has begun to turn more to the thought of wine for quality rather than quantity, and is exploring many of the cooler climates offered by its coast.