Australia began making wine over two centuries ago. This has given us a country rich in old vines, multi-generational winemaking families and an ingrained knowledge and respect for the craft. Add to that a yearning to explore and innovate, a fearless attitude and a diverse patchwork of wine regions across many climates and you have the makings of an extraordinary wine country like no other.
History: wine, vine and family
With over 200 years of viticulture and winemaking, Australia has a rich wine, vine and family history to explore. Australia offers distinguished sites, the wealth of some of the oldest vines on the planet and multi-generational families whose long-standing dedication provides inspiration, leadership and custodial care of Australia’s most precious vines and wines.
Evolution: style, variety and region
Australia burst into the export markets in the 1980s and since then has offered the world vibrant, fruit-forward wines of exceptional value. Fast-forward to the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and intense, concentrated examples of Shiraz, Grenache, and red blends dominated the Australian fine wine story. In between these two extremes lies the diverse Australian premium and regional offering that has always existed and continues to dramatically evolve. Today, there’s a particularly strong focus on freshness, natural acidity, and regional distinction.
Revolution: latitude, attitude and funk
Whether it’s innovative techniques in the vineyards, pushing winemaking boundaries or experimentation with non-traditional varieties, there is a trend to throw out old rules and step forward with a generational shift in attitude and approach. The desire to embrace the funky and gritty art of winemaking has led to wines that are truly exciting and capture a revolution in the glass.
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