Wine is a beverage enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Whether it is served as a celebratory drink, taken as a complement to a meal or in place of dessert after a meal, wine has become a basic necessity at the tableside of restaurants and homes alike. Australia has come up as a contender in the world market, going head to head with the previously more famous European wines from France, Italy, Spain and Germany, along with those others known as the ‘new world’ wines coming all the way from Chile, South Africa and the USA. Here are a few interesting facts about the Australian variety of wine and why you should add a few bottles from Australia to your collection;
Best Conditions for Vineyards and Wineries
As a result of the unique location of the country in the Southern Hemisphere, many parts of Australia have the perfect conditions required for growing grapes for the production of wine. With rich, fertile soil available in the form of rolling hills and valleys as far as the eye can see, warm sunshine during the summers and sufficient humidity in the air, the country is blessed with ideal weather and geographical condition for winemaking. The famous wine regions of Australia comprise of Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Mornington Peninsula, Bendigo, Eden Valley and others scattered in many parts of South Australia including Victoria. With great influence from Europe, the Australian wine has been able to create an identity of its own thanks to the unique tastes of home-grown red and green grapes.
White, Red or Rose, Still, Sparkling… We have it All
Whatever the type of wine you prefer, Australia will not disappoint you. Any of the varieties that are to be found on a global level are available right here at home. Although the taste may differ from those wines produced elsewhere in the world, Australian white wines such as Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc, Giant Steps chardonnay, Ryder Watervale Riesling and Cornelius pinot gris are appreciated for their rich, fruity taste and bittersweet undertones, along with their clear white and pale green colour.
The famous red wines from Australia include Penfolds 707 cabernet sauvignon, 3 Drops pinot noir, Aramis Vineyards Shiraz and Katnook Estate Coonawarra merlot, famous for their dark crimson colour and heavy, earthy taste. Australia is also the producer of some of the most popular brands of rose wines, dessert wines such as muscat and other still and sparkling variations.
A Worthy Adversary to the European Wines
It is true that the European wines have been dominating the wine market for a long time. But they are facing heavy rivalry from the more modern producers such as Australia. The consumption of Australian wines has seen a gradual increase over the years, and this trend in expected to continue, what with the increased reputation from consumers worldwide for good quality and superior taste.