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…

Nahe, Germany

Today we journey to a region small in size but mighty in influence situated in one of the norther-most sections of the winemaking world; Germany’s Nahe region. Over the millennia, Nahe has undergone periods of boom and bust; expansion and contraction of vineyards as well as success and failure of the wines made here make…

Sachsen, Germany

Today we journey to one of the northern-most wine regions on earth, a little-known place which also happens to be the only official wine appellation in the former East German state known in German as Sachsen however you may know it by its translated name, Saxony. This is a cold, isolated wine region, one of the final…

Kamptal, Austria

High up in the mountains in the north east of Austria, about 50km north of its capital Vienna lies a small but mighty wine region called the Kamptal. The region is named for the Kamp, the all-important river that nourishes the region as it travels from the Krems-land Mountains on its way to empty into…

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; Pfalz, Germany

The second-largest wine region in Germany was once only known for mass-production, sweet whites, however today is one of the most exciting regions in the country with a strong focus on dry Riesling and, unusually for such a northern European region, red wines (30-40% of annual production today!). So what makes the Pfalz tick? What…

Friday Focus : Alsace, Part 2

If you missed it, last week I started my 2-part piece on Alsace, beginning with the history, geography, climate and soils of the Alsace region, and this week I will discuss the grape varieties, winemaking, legislation and how the trade is organised in this historically-contested and neither French nor German region. The grape varieties grown…

Friday Focus : Alsace, Part 1

I started writing a piece on Alsace, and quickly realised that to cover it properly and distil out the important information, I would need to split my piece. So, in part 1 I will write about the history, geography, climate and soils of the Alsace region, and next week in part 2 I will cover…

Canada

Now when I ask you think of a classic wine region, what would most likely come to mind would be warm, rolling green hills- warm, dry and lush. Now, think of Canada; you’re most likely thinking of cold wind and ice- do these two things gel together? Most people would think definitely not, however there…

Wachau, Austria

Austrian wines are in the midst of a global renaissance; these days it’s not unusual when you walk into a funky wine bar or Asian-fusion restaurant to see at least one Austrian wine on the list. Think back a few years- did anyone know what Blaufränkisch or Grüner Veltliner was in 2010? For a relatively…