Influence of Maritime climate on the region

How does Climate affect the region?

Climate defines the growing seasons of the region. It is responsible for factors such as humidity, wind and temperature variations as well as the seasons experienced by the region. From the point of growing grapes – climate can affect the grape varieties grown as well as the viticulture practices carried by the winery present in the region.

Maritime climate

You must have often heard that the region having maritime climate, so, what does it mean? The answer to this question is hidden in the word maritime. It comes from the latin word ‘maritimus’ meaning sea. The region that has maritime climate are those that are close to the sea. The water body can be ocean or an estuary (water body having two or more rivers flowing into it)

To understand maritime climate better, one must understand the other two major climates – Mediterranean and continental climate. The Mediterranean climate tends to have long growing season with moderate to warm temperatures and slight seasonal changes. On the other hand, continental climates tend to have hot summers and cold winters with major seasonal changes. Maritime climate tends to fall between these two climates.

Problem with the maritime climate on the region is the occurrence of excessive rain and humidity often leads to various viticultural hazards such as mold and mildew which may damage the vines.

The grape varieties that thrive in maritime climate are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Some regions can also have a microclimate which is for the small area the climatic conditions differ from the surrounding region. The area can be spanned in few square feet to few kms in size.

Major Wine Regions of Australia with Maritime Climate

Some of the wine regions of Australia with the maritime climate are Alpine Valley in Victoria, Grampians in Victoria, Granite belt in Queensland, Heathcote wine region in Victoria, Langhorne Creek in South Australia, Mudgee Highlands and Orange region in New South Wales and Tasmania.


Wine Quote – Wine, a grand thing

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The next time you are on a guilt trip or not in a good mood, instead of going around in circles, try doing something different. A bottle of wine hidden in the closet might come to the rescue.

Why not pour out a glass of wine or or even better with a close one of yours. Share your feelings over a glass of wine!

Caution: Do not overdo on those glasses as it might ruin the next morning…

Get to know wine regions of Australia

Here is a peek into some of the famous wine regions of Australia along with some of the famous wineries and popular wine varietals. These wine-regions are known for their scenic beauty as well as fantastic wines that make them truely exquisite.


1.Barossa Valley, South Australia

It is Australia’s most famous wine region. Some of the vineyards of the region are as old as 100 years

There are total 150 wineries present. Some of the most important wineries are Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Peter Lehmann and Yalumba.

Wine varietals are known for – Full-bodied Shiraz and Chardonnay.

2.Yarra Valley, Victoria

Wine production began with the first winery of the region, Yering Station, in 1938. The region is an important tourist hub with over 3 million visitors drawn to it in 2011.

There are close to 160 wineries present in the region. Major ones are – Giant Steps, Innocent Bystander, Tarrawarra Estate.

Wine varietals known for – Sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

3.Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Pokolbin which lies at the heart of Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine region. James Busby, also known as the Father of Australian wine industry planted the first vines in the region in the mid- 19th century.

The region at present has 150 wineries with the some of the popular names are Audrey Wilkinson winery, Krinklewood biodynamic vineyard, and Brokenwood Wines.

Wine varietals known for – Earthy Shiraz, Semillon and full-flavored Chardonnay.

4.Margaret River, Western Australia

The region has a large number of boutique wine producers – around 215 and together contributes to 20 percent share of Australian premium wine market. Some of the popular wineries are – Cullen wines, Vasse Felix, Xanadu and Leeuwin Estate.

Wine Varietals knew for – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc

5.Coonawarra, South Australia

Shiraz was once the dominant variety of the region which now has been left behind by Cabernet Sauvignon. The famous wineries of the region are Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Leconfield, Majella Wines and Rymill Coonawarra.

Wine Varietals known for – Cabernet Sauvignon

It would be delightful to hear about your travelling experience to these wine regions. Feel free to post in the comments below…

How much wine for daily consumption?

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Benefits of Wine Drinking

Drinking wine has many benefits. The best thing about wine is it is rich in anti-oxidants due to the presence of polyphenols in it. The wine can help in preventing the various heart diseases caused due to the accumulation of plaque in the arteries. Drinking wine in moderate quantity can help in increasing the good Cholesterol in the body too.

Where to draw the line?

But then while drinking the line has to be drawn and should know how much drinking is needed and at what limit to stop.

As per the doctor’s rule, follow the 1-2-3 rule. The rule is to drink one glass per day, not two glasses at a time and not more than three days a week. Keeping this rule in mind will help you to enjoy wine more and help to keep in check your daily quota and making drinking wine a much more pleasant experience.



Shiraz vs Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Regions, Aromas, Texture, Food Pairing

Did you always wonder how Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, two of the most popular grape varieties, fare against one another? Known for being used to produce some of the boldest and flavoursome red wines with intense colours, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are similar in many ways, but they have certain differences too. Read on to know how Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon fare on similar aspects:

Shiraz vs Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Regions

Talking particularly about Australian regions, Shiraz, also known as Syrah, is grown in hot climate zones and dominates the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale regions.

Cabernet Sauvignon rules well in the Maritime climate of two of its kingdoms – Margaret River and Coonawarra regions.


Aroma characters in Shiraz wines can range from violets to berries, espresso, chocolate, cloves, and black pepper.

Wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon are known for their intense fruit flavour, subtle minty notes, blackcurrant, and grassy aromas.


Australian Shiraz is a full-bodied, jammier fruit with softer tannin. The high to low acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz grapes help in producing wines with promising aging potential.

Australian Cabernet Sauvignon makes dense, dark and tannic wines with noticeable acidity which contributes to aging potential of the wines.

Food Pairing

Think big and spicy flavours when it comes to food pairing with Australian Shiraz wines. Grilled or roast beef, beef stews, spicy sausages, and hard cheeses like Cheddar, pair extremely well with Australian style Shiraz wines.

On the other hand, steak is a great choice for pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Other food pairings that enhance the taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon wine include aged Cheddar cheese, grilled Portabello mushroom, braised beef, and grilled lamb.

Some Fine Examples

Shiraz wines

Tahbilk Rare 1860 Vines Shiraz 2013 Nagambie Lakes

Yalumba Rare & Fine Collection The Octavius Shiraz 2013 Barossa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon wines

Cullen Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Margaret River

Redman Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum 2013 Coonawarra

Mourvedre in Australia – Then and Now

Mourvedre in Australia in 20th century

Mourvedre was the preferred grape variety to make fortified wines during the first half of 19th century in Australia. The popular wines blended with Mourvedre were Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The popularity of these blends were overshadowed with the coming up of new blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz during the 1950’s. Another setback for Mourvedre happened with the Vine Pull Scheme of 1987 when many of the plantations were destroyed.

During these difficult times many wine-growers faced losses and were helped by some of the well-known figures of wine industry such as Peter Lehmann, Robert O’Callaghan and Bob McLean. The period also saw the development famous wines such as Nine popes, a blend of Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre.

Mourvedre in Australia

In 2016,  there were a total 750 ha of vineyards in Australia with 7400 tonnes of grapes crushed. The top GI regions according to tonnes produced was Riverland. It holds 39% share of the total Mourvedre as a grape-varietal produced in Australia.

Some of the Australian wineries that produce Mourvedre wines are –

  • Churchview Estate wines
  • D’Arenberg Wines
  • Jacobs Creek Wines
  • Larry Cherubino Wines
  • St Hallett Wines
  • Yalumba Wine Company
  • Yangarra Estate
  • Zonte’s Footsteps