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10 Lesser Known White Wine Varietals of Australia

Arneis: Arneis comprises of 40 hectares of vineyard area in Australia. The data of this grape is available on regular and meaningful basis since 2010 only. And, since then its area has declined considerably.

Chenin Blanc: Chenin Blanc wine grape is grown in 410 hectares of area and the land area has been under constant decline since 2001. This is exported in price band of A$5.0 to A$7.5 per litre.

Colombard: This white wine grape occupies a land area of 1790 hectares and is quite significant considering that this white wine varietal is not all that well known as compared with some of other varieties. The current area is less than what was in 2001. China is the main export market for this wine where more than 20 percent of its exports are directed.

Marsanne: The total vineyard area of marsanne grape variety is 160 hectares. This is grown mostly in the Riverina region where which accounts for more than half of this grape cultivation. United Kingdom is the most important export destination for this Marsanne wine which accounts for 40% of its total exports.

Muscat à Petits Grains Blanc: 850 hectares of total vineyard area of this grape makes for 0.6% of total area under grape cultivation. This white wine is grown in Riverina region which accounts for more than 65% of total production.

Muscat Gordo Blanco: This white wine is grown mostly in Riverland region which accounts for 45% of its total vineyards area, which, in absolute terms, is 2210 hectares.

Petit Verdot: Petit Verdot white wine grapes occupy 1120 hectares of land area which has been constantly declining since 2005. Most of the growth of this wine grape is concentrated in the Riverland area which accounts for 57% of the area.

Savagnin: Savagnin is spread out to about 20 hectares of land area and Riverland area accounts for about 34% of this grape varietal. About 40% of its exports are directed to China. This wine mostly sells in price band of A$7.5 to A$20 per liter.

Sultana: Sultana is basically an Arabic name and this wine grape is of White wine type. This is not a significant grape variety to be grown in Australia and the vineyard area under it has declined constantly from 11000 hectares to almost nil in the present time. Only 900 tonnes of this grape were crushed in the year 2015. Murray-darling region is the prime region for its growth.

Traminer: Traminer is also a white wine grape. 67% of 840 hectares of vineyard area under it is cultivated in Riverina region of Australia. This grape is exported mostly to Canada which accounts for 40% of its exports. This is cheap white wine varietal which sells at A$2.5 to A$5 per liter in exports.


Vintage Considerations for Wine Purchasing

How many of you seriously consider vintage before buying wines? Serious consideration means that you will either buy or not buy the product based on its vintage. It is true that certain vintages of specific wines are popular than the others, and these become popular as well because of the positive feedback which these wines get from the drinkers and sommeliers.

What is a Vintage?

Vintage refers to the year in which the grapes were grown and harvested. If that year has been pretty good for growth of grapes climatically, then the wines of that harvest obviously be highly valued. When a wine of decades old vintage is brought out in the market today, it would have been cellared and well-preserved for all that while. That also shows the age of the wine.

As a rule of thumb, the wines which come from regions having predictable climatic conditions, the vintages do not matter because there is very less difference to make out. Wine tasters would have hard time distinguishing good from bad. However, there are wine regions, such as Bordeaux in France, where the wines can have pronounced differences due to variations in climatic conditions. Similarly, wine tasters can make out difference in wines of different regions due to their characteristic climatic conditions.

Whether Vintage Matters?

Many studies have been conducted over this question and the general outcome of these studies has been that the vintage, or in other words, the year in which wine was made, is not important from the point of view of general population. Vintage is of relevance for collectors and the rich for whom having the rare wines is a matter of privilege and exclusivity. These wines are generally available through auctions. These can also be bought from the cellar door or the retail stores but these would not be shown off generally to the people.

This key buying behaviour is made good use of by the companies selling wines online. And, the trick lies in the fact that vintage is not shown in prominence at all and the prices of the wines of old vintage are dropped (simply because the wine stock is lying unsold). On the other hand, the wine company selling latest vintage at a higher price is not able to match the other competitor. From the consumer point of view, the vintage is immaterial while price matters a lot. Therefore, the old vintage stock clearance wines are sold ahead of the latest vintage fresh arrivals of higher prices.

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Geographical and Economic Facts of Australian Shiraz Wines

It would not be wrong to say that Shiraz grape has changed the face of Australian wine industry. It is grown in the largest wine-grapes growing area of the country. In 2015, the total land area under this grape was 39890 hectares, which accounted for about 30 percent of the total land under under grape cultivation in Australia. The next largest area is under the white wine grape variety of Cabernet Sauvignon at about 25000 hectares.

Shiraz is also the most widely produced wine in Australia with 395000 tonnes crushed in 2015 and also the most exported wine with 207 million litres exported in 2015. Interestingly, the cabernet sauvignon red grape variety does not take the second position in terms of tonnage crushed or exports. It takes the third position, with the second position going to white wine variety of Chardonnay in terms of tonnes crushed as well as exports.

Shiraz is believed to have come to Australia from Europe, where it was called Syrah. Some experts suggest that Europe, particularly France, is the birth place of this grape. But, some people also suggest that the ancient Iranian city of Shirazi also cultivated this grape variety and it is considered to be its birthplace. Irrespective of the birth place, it is a fact that this wine has been the face of this nation’s wine industry in front of the world community. It has earned it a place of pride among the wine-producing nations of the world.

Riverland-Riverina Wine Regions

Shiraz is grown mostly in the Riverland and Riverina regions of Australia. Together, these account for 43% of Shiraz growing region. Riverland wine region is in the state of South Australia. This region is situated where the Murray river enters South Australia from the border of New South Wales and Victoria. From there, the region stretches till the Blanchetown downstream. This region is situated to the east of another famous wine region, the Barossa Valley. Riverland is the largest wine producing area of Australia.

Riverina region is another wine region where Shiraz is grown. This region lies in south-western part of state of New South Wales, to the east of Riverland region and to west of the Great Dividing Range. This is a flat plains region drained by Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers, and the northernmost boundary of this region is identified by catchment area of River Lachlan. This is also the region which is home to Aborigines. Thus, the wine region comprises both the agricultural and the pastoral areas.

Best Shiraz Wines

Almost all famous wine brands of Australia produce Shiraz wines. These are grown in wide variety of climatic conditions. Some of the best shiraz wines are also featured in the video below.

White Wines Vineyard Area Trends Since 2001

White Wines Vineyard Area Trends
 Chardonnay Vineyard Area Chardonnay is the most important white wine varietal of Australia in terms of area under its viticulture. Unfortunately, the vineyard area under it has been declining since 2007. From 2001 to 2007, the area increased but from 2007 onwards, it began to decline.
 Riesling wines Vineyards area Riesling vineyard area has also seen a decline in recent years. From 2001 to 2009, the area increased marginally. But, from 2010, it began to decline with lowest ever area being in 2015.
 Pinot Gris vineyard area Piont Gris vineyards increases in area exponentially from 2004 to 2012 which showed increasing interest of people in this grape varietal, but from thereon, it has remained stable.
 Semillon vineyard area Vineyard area under the Semillon grapes has declined sharply in 2015 since attaining peak during three years from 2007-2009.
 Verdelhi vineyard area Verdelho white wines were quite popular in Australia at a point of time in recent past. But, 2015 saw a sharp decline in acreage under cultivation.
 Sauvignon Blanc vineyard area Increasing interest of general public in Australian Sauvignon Blanc wines has increased the demand since 2001. The result has been a consequent increase in acreage till 2010. It decline marginally thereafter to settle at 6000 hectares in 2015.
 Viognier Vineyard Area Viognier saw good and steady incrase in vineayrd area since 2001 and up to 2010. But it saw a decline thereafter. Decline was particularly steep till 2015 to reach levels of 2004.

Red Wines Vineyard Area Trends Since 2001

Red Wines Vineyard Area Trends
 Shiraz Vineyards Area Vineyard area of Shiraz grape has remained more or less same since 2006. With beginning of this century, there was initially an increase in the vineyard area till 2009, but a slight decline was registered since then.
 Cabernet Sauvignon- Vineyards Area Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard area has declined slightly since 2001 but this decline is not very significant.
 Malbec Vineyards Area Wide fluctuations seen in the vineyard area under Malbec grape variety. The trend was first of declining, from 2001 to 2008. Thereafter, it increased and, by 2015, all time largest area was under this varietal.
 Pinot Noir Vineyard Area Pinot Noir vineyard area grew marginally from 2001 to 2009 and became more or less consistent from there on.


 Grenache Vineyard Area Grenache red wine grape has seen a consistent decline in the vineyard area since 2001. The decline is the result of shifts in consumer and wine-make preferences.
 Merlot-Vineyards-Area Merlot vineyard area has seen a cycle of increase and then decline, reaching almost the same levels in 2015 from where the journey began in 2001. All in all, drinkers seem to be losing interest in it as a varietal.
 Zinfandel Vineyard area Vineyard area for Zinfandel increased from 2004 to 2010 and declined thereafter till 2015. Data was not available for period 2001-2003.
 Tempranillo Vineyard Area The Tempranillo vineyard area has seen pretty decent increase since 2001. It has grown almost 600% since 2001, and has been more or less consistent since 2012.


Wines You Drink Tell the Person You Are


People have the habit of doing research on seemingly unrelated subjects and, interestingly, they do find some relation. Recently, The Daily Mail, UK newspaper, published a story on behavioural characteristics of people who drink different wine varietals. The research may or may not be taken seriously but the fact that this has been conducted in a professional manner is sure to attract the marketers’ attention.

Marketers are always interested in knowing the preferences of their target audience. By knowing what the likely buyers of their products prefer, they can make suitable policies which can attract them to the products. This gives direction to the marketing efforts and saves them the costs. And, the targeting is spot on. Viewed from this perspective, this research assumes importance. Here are some of its key findings. Readers are free to use this for their own purpose.

  • Red wine drinkers earn over GBP 40000. They are wealthier and better educated than other wine drinkers.
  • More than 50% of Red Wine drinkers are university grads.
  • Reds are preferred by ambitious and hard-working people whereas White wines are preferred by more relaxed group of people who believe that luck plays a good role in ascending up.
  • People who engage much on social networking sites prefer the Rose wines. So, next time you are thinking of launching a social media marketing campaign, you can rest assured that offering Rose wines is more likely to make it successful than others.
  • Red wine drinkers drink more often than white or rose wine drinkers.
  • White wines are for the contented lots who feel okay with their career. They are happy to be single and are shy and quiet in nature.
  • Rose wine drinkers leave school at an early age but go on to earn about GBP 30000 per year.
  • White wine drinkers are likely to holiday within UK and can not be expected to be travelling abroad. However, red wine takers go around outside UK at least 3 times a year and also take a few mini-breaks within UK.

This interesting research was conducted in UK over a sample size of 2000 adults. However, the result can also have a bearing on other countries. The research was focussed on various parameters, from income and career of respondents to their personal attributes.

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Shiraz Wines That Ruled Australia in 2016

Ever wondered which wines were the favorites of Australians in 2016. Here’s our list of Australian Shiraz Wines coming from different regions of Australia that won the hearts of many in the year 2016. It includes the wines from popular brands as well as the brands less heard of. Sit back and take a peek into 8 popular Shiraz Wines that ruled Australia in 2016. These wines are definitely worth a try! Especially to be enjoyed with friends and family or for special occasions.

Most Popular Shiraz Wines in Australia 2016