Topic: Regions

Australia... 6 Things To Know

by Alex

It is best known for Shiraz but there’s an amazing diversity of wine in Australia.

Where is it?

What are the main grapes grown?

Historically, Shiraz and Chardonnay were founding grapes responsible for building country’s reputation-though plantings of Sauvignon Blanc are also surprisingly high. There are marvelous plantings of Pinot Noir, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon across several vineyards. Increasingly, producers are experimenting with non-French grapes, Italian in particular, including Barbera and Moscato.

There are marvelous plantings of Pinot Noir, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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What is distinctive about it?

The lack of rules about the locations allowed for growing different grape varieties has resulted in the wonderful diversity in Australian wine now available – delicate Pinot Noir, crisp Riesling, age-worthy Sémillon, rich Shiraz, cool Shiraz…

How do you spot a good wine?

Australia’s wine regions are broken into Geographical Indications (GIs) but those tend to be less about quality – and more about geography.

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The region producing the highest percentage of premium wine is Margaret River, and beyond that, a number of key quality producers can be found in every region. Sometimes these are small producers like Mount Mary and bigger groups such as Yalumba.

The region producing the highest percentage of premium wine is Margaret River.

What are its most classic dishes?

The Sydney-Melbourne dining scene is dynamic and multi-cultural.There’s something for absolutely everyone from vegan Asian cuisine through spicy Chinese fare, including seriously meaty BBQs - and even kangaroo based dishes!  

Imagine yourself there…

There’s nothing like firing up a BBQ Aussie-style, with Moreton Bay bugs (similar to prawns), and a chilled-down Sauvignon Blanc-Sémillon blend in the white corner; and GSM (Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre) or straight-up Shiraz, in the red corner.

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