Yellow Tail (wine)

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Yellow tail wine

Yellow Tail (stylised [ yellow tail ][1]) is an Australian brand of wine produced by Casella Family Brands. Yellow Tail as well as Casella Family Brands as a whole are both based in Yenda, New South Wales.


In 1957 the Casella family, headed by Filippo Casella and his wife Maria, emigrated from Sicily to Australia for a better life.[2][3]

Yellow Tail was developed for the Casella family winery to enter into the bottled wine market—having previously supplied bulk wine to other wineries.[3] Yellow Tail was developed in 2000 and was originally marketed to export countries. It became the number one imported wine to the United States by 2011.[3][4]

The namesake of the brand, Yellow Tail, is the yellow-footed rock wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus), a relative of kangaroos.


The vineyard produces approximately three percent of all wine and is around 540 acres (220 ha),[5] located in the Riverina, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia.


Approximately a third of the grapes that are harvested by Yellow Tail are from their vineyard in Riverina, Australia. The rest are from other vineyards in South Eastern Australia. All Yellow Tail wines have their own specific label color. In addition to sparkling wines, Yellow Tail makes varietal wine from the following grape varieties: Moscato, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Merlot, Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to some blended wine and Rosé. Each wine has different colours, for example Merlot is Orange, Shiraz is yellow, etc.[6]

International sales[edit]

In 2000, the Casellas joined with W.J. Deutsch & Sons, a family-owned marketing and distribution firm, in order to distribute Yellow Tail wines in the United States. In 2001, it sold 200,000 cases, a number that jumped to 2.2 million the next year.[7]

Yellow Tail has enjoyed similar success in the UK which, in 2000, began importing more wine from Australia than from France for the first time in history. In 2005, Yellow Tail sold more wine in the US than all the French producers combined.[8]


Various local shops around Birmingham, England were found to be selling fraudulent Yellow Tail in 2021, following complaints by a presumably discerning buyer.[9]


  1. ^ "[ yellow tail ]". Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  2. ^ "[yellow tail] wines - US - Great Australian wine". [yellow tail] wines - US - Great Australian wine. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Casella Family Brands - Our History". Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  4. ^ "America's Top Imported Wines Over the Last 30 Years (Chart)". VinePair. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Who's Behind the Roo". Yellowtail.
  6. ^ "Yellow Tail gets colourful". 8 October 2013.
  7. ^ Teeter, words: Adam (10 March 2015). "The Yellow Tail Story: How Two Families Turned Australia Into America's Biggest Wine Brand". VinePair. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  8. ^ Veseth, Mike (26 February 2008). "[Yellow Tail] Tales". The Wine Economist.
  9. ^ Cumming, Ed (27 February 2022). "Wine crime is soaring but a new generation of tech savvy detectives is on the case". The Observer.

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