The Hunter Valley; Part 1

Dear readers, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that these next 2 Friday Focus pieces will be my final ones. After nearly 5 years with Wine Ark, I will be riding off into the sunset; however I have been assured that the Friday piece will still be around, so never fear! I…

Clare Valley

Now many of you have probably already been to the Clare, but as a quick summary, the Clare valley is located 130km due north of Adelaide, and is a long, thin region running north-south for about 20km. It has a climate classified as moderate-continental, meaning that in the growing season, it has long, warm summer…

Great Southern, Western Australia

If I was to ask you what the largest wine region in Australia is, what would you think? Maybe the Barossa? The Riverina perhaps? In fact, in the very south-west tip of our wide, brown land we find not only the largest wine region, but the region with more sub-zones than anywhere else in the…

Friday Focus; The Barossa Valley, Part 2

“The Barossa Valley is the heart of the Australian wine industry, the most famous wine region in Australia and the one in which most wine is produced” The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th ed. Jancis Robinson. A region too famous and too large to fit into one Friday Focus, I’ve decided to split the region…

Friday Focus; The Barossa Valley, Part 1

“The Barossa Valley is the heart of the Australian wine industry, the most famous wine region in Australia and the one in which most wine is produced” The Oxford Companion to Wine, 4th ed. Jancis Robinson. A region too famous and too large to fit into one Friday Focus, I’ve decided to split the region…

Yarra Valley

Not many people may know this, but Victoria’s Yarra Valley was one of the first vineyard areas established in Australia. The Scottish-born Ryrie brothers ventured into the Yarra Valley as they moved their cattle south from Sydney (quite a trip by horseback I reckon!), and ended up settling in the area- first setting up a…