Search
Recommended Sites
Related Links






   

Article Content

Australian wine is more than Yellow Tail

The [yellow tail] range of wines have taken the world by storm. And so they should. They are excellent Australian wines which are consistently good. They have clearly won the battle for everyday wines at their particular price range.

But they are a made from classical French grape varieties, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. As such they represent the successes of Australian winemaking in the 1980s and 1990s.

What will be the wines of the new century? As the wine boom of the 1990s in Australia unfolded, a quiet revolution was taking place. The area planted to grapes expanded rapidly to underpin massive increases in production and exports of Australian wine. But a large number of vignerons and winemakers were also planting alternative grape varieties.

The profile of the Australian wine scene has changed as dramatically as the scale of production. During 2003 a new winery was opened in Australia every day. About half of these new enterprises were growing or using varieties other than the classics mentioned above.

As well as the less common French varieties, growers and winemakers have been pioneering with Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo and

Arneis. We have also the Spanish stalwart Tempranillo being increasingly favoured. Even the Russian red grape variety Saperavi is being used. There are probably one hundred wine grape varieties now being produced for commercial wine production in Australia. These new varieties are being planted in traditional areas as well as in new wine regions.

Australia, like other new world wine producers, is less inhibited to the strong ties of tradition that permeate the European wine industry. Since the start of the 1990s a strong predisposition for experimentation has permeated the wine industry. Australian wine consumers are now adopting this ethic. Wine lovers in the US and UK will soon be seeing a new wave of different Aussie wines to taste.

It is safe to say that Chardonnay and Shiraz will continue to dominate wine production in Australia for many years to come. But consumers will have a much wider choice is they are willing to be just a little adventurous.

About the Author

Darby is the founder of Vinodviersity.com an information service spreading the word about exciting new winegrape varieties being used to produce wine in Australia. He lives in Melbourne and regularly vists Australian wineries.

Written by: Darby Higgs

Informative Articles

Braised Garlic Short Ribs with a Red Wine Tomato Sauce
Braised Garlic Short Ribs with a Red Wine Tomato Sauce Prep Time: 20-30 minutes Cook Time: 2-2½ hours. Serve with: Mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles and sautéed zucchini. Dessert: Dulce de leche ice cream with toasted almonds. 2 lbs....

Experience The Beauty Of The Stellenbosch Winelands
Stellenbosch is home to the oldest and most acclaimed wineland regions in South Africa. Conveniently located 40km east of Cape Town it is the perfect destination for a day trip, a weekend break or a holiday getaway. A Brief History In the...

The Advantages of Wall Wine Racks -
Wall wine racks make it easy to store wine in tight spaces. Many wall wine racks are hanging wine racks. These can only hold a few wine bottles, but cost under $50 and have slots to hang stemware. Some, for about $20, can be attached under kitchen...

Wine Rack Storage: Simple Guides on Choosing The Right Rack for Your Wines!
When you hear the word "wine", most probably the thing that pops-up to your mind is "celebration". Most, if not all, are using wines as symbols of merrymaking and festivities; most celebrations, gatherings and special occasions include wine. ...

Winemaking: Get In The Habit Of Doing Things Right
Natural or Modern Wine? I get email all the time asking for instructions on how to make wine "the way they used to" or "the natural way, without chemicals." I always answer these the same way. The history of winemaking has largely been one of...

Recommended Products