The UK loves Australian wine, whether it’s the big hitting reds or the refreshing whites, we import the Aussie tipple in boat loads, and with their wine industry taking off in a big way, that’s hardly surprising. Today we are celebrating Australia Day with our brothers from down under, enjoying all that is Australia. The culture, the food, the sun and of course the wine.
Nearly half of all Australian wine comes from South Australia, with key wine growing regions around the Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Clare Valleys. Victoria offers a diverse range of wines and Hunter Valley in New South Wales is a great place to look for some delicious Shiraz and Semillon. Western Australia has earned a reputation for producing more expensive, boutique quality wines. Tasmania doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of wine, most people think of small furry mammals instead. As well as Devils, cool-climate Tasmania is producing some fabulous sparkling wine, fine Pinot Noir and sweeter German or Alsace style Rieslings.
I love Australian wine for three main reasons:
1) It offers fantastic value, with smashing wines not smashing your bank account.
2) Experimentation! The Aussies don’t shy away from going off the beaten track, different grapes, different blends, some sparkling red wine etc etc
3) Quirky, fun and enjoyable! Exactly what wine is supposed to be!
- During droughts, Kangaroos become a major pest, as they eat the grapes and chew the irrigation lines.
- Durif is an inky black variety of grape which grows really well in Australia. It’s like Shiraz, but bigger.
- One in four wines sold in the UK are Australian
- Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
- More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
- Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else.
- If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
- Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
- Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
- Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.