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New Wave of Italian grape varieties capture Australian winemaker interest

Climate change, weak export markets and increasingly worldly local consumers are all trends that have conspired over the past decade to create growing interest from Australian producers in alternative grape varieties. Having achieved great success with the noble Italian varieties …

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South Australia’s McLaren Vale – Focus on Terroir is Yielding Exciting Results

If you think South Australia’s McLaren Vale is all about super rich, high alcohol reds, now is a great time to challenge your preconceptions. According to wine critic Huon Hooke, McLaren Vale is “alive with a new surge of vitality …

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“The Not So Classics” Wine Masterclass: Orange wines spark lively debate!

I’ve had the privilege of attending quite a few Acqua Panna Global Wine Experiences over the years. Organised as part of  the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the wine masterclasses offer a unique opportunity to sample some terrific, often hard-to-find or …

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