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…

Friday Focus; Fronsac, Bordeaux

This week we head to one of the lesser-known regions of the wine-producing behemoth that is the Bordeaux region of France. Just a few miles west of the better known (and more expensive!) region of St Emilion and literally across the road from the tiny but mighty Pomerol region sits the appellation of Fronsac. Within…

Margaux, Bordeaux

One of the most recognised appellations in one of the world’s Premier wine-growing regions, Margaux holds an esteemed position in winemaking folklore- but why? What makes it so special? It’s long history? It’s climate? Soils? Chateaux/People? Today we’ll try and find out just what it is that makes the name Margaux synonymous with quality in…

Eger, Hungary

Today we travel deep into central Europe, to a region in one of the furthest corners of mainstream European viticulture, but a region with one of the oldest winemaking histories on Earth. Hungary has made wine for centuries, with the Eger region specifically possessing records dating back to the 13th century showing its wines being sent all…

Russian River Valley

In the heart of the Sonoma Coast region of northern California, sits a small, but very important wine region known as the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The region takes its name (funnily enough) from the river that runs along its northern border, which took its name from the original Russian settlers who…

New York State, USA

Yes, you read right- there is a fairly bustling wine industry in New York! In fact, New York state recently became the 3rd largest producer of wine in the USA, behind Washington state and the wine giant that is California. New York state has a wine making history dating back to the early 1800’s, assisted…

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…