NATIONAL WINE WEEK 2015
Australia is the UK’s favourite wine country and the 4th biggest producer in the World, although it has only been making wine since the late 1800’s and is best known for big and robust, mouth-filling and fruity red and white wines, many of which also have strong oak flavours.
The most widely grown varietals are Shiraz and Chardonnay, followed Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir.
The majority of Australia’s vineyards are clustered in the south-eastern part of the continent. Although the style of Australian wine is changing to a more sophisticated and complex base, it is the uncomplicated and fruit-driven Chardonnay and Shiraz that have built the foundations for the Australian wine dominance of the UK.
Australia's grapes are among its greatest assets: after all, who could imagine a world without classic Australian Shiraz? Australia is home to an amazing array of diverse climates, from cool and crisp to warm and dry. This diversity is reflected in our unique and regionally distinct wines and ensures there will always be a great location for each grape variety to prosper. No matter what your taste or occasion, from white to red and sparkling to fortified, there will always be an inspiring Australian wine to suite.
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