Australia is a large and multifaceted land mass made up of ancient soils, snow-covered mountains, deserts and seemingly endless coastline. It is home to sixty-five wines regions spanning warm and cool climates, each with its own terroir and unique growing conditions.
Australia’s most popular variety is Shiraz, which accounts for about one-quarter of total grape plantings. But did you know Australia also grows saperavi, graciano and savagnin? Or that one of its producers saved the viognier grape from extinction?
The Australian category is experiencing a premium upswing in the U.S., so we invited retailers and wine directors from across the country to give us their personal perspectives. Read their thoughts on where the category has come from and where it’s headed.
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What’s happening in the world of Australian wines
The Australian Wine Revolution
Australian wine has seemingly never been in better shape; never more exciting, likely never seen an era built more around expressive, free-wheeling ideas and resulting wines. Though Australian wine has seen golden eras in the past, the sheen of the current state of Australian wine – particularly those producing wines in increasingly diverse ways – is truly exciting and finding a broader engagement.
The Evolution of Australian Wine
How Australian wine has changed and in such a relatively short space of time. In 1972, the successful British comedy show, ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ famously lampooned Aussie wine as ‘Chateau Chunder from down under’. Although wine has been made in Australia since the 19th century, until the 1970s the focus was on fortified wines and the Australian drinking culture didn’t generally involve wine.
Australian Shiraz in the U.S.
Aaron Ridgway discusses what we can do to restore faith in the varietal-country marriage that gave the world countless lauded examples of Australian Shiraz. At the recent Wine Australia Export Forum in Adelaide, one of the topics discussed was ‘How can we make Australian Shiraz exciting again?’ To some, Australian Shiraz is yesterday’s news. To others, it remains the country’s viticultural calling card.