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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.


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.

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.

(for details please go through- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247518/What-taste-wine-says-Red-lovers-rich-white-fans-shy-ros-drinkers-Facebook-addicts.html)

Marvelous Collection of Popular Chardonnay Wines of 2016 in Australia

The industry is loaded with all sorts of chardonnay wines. Instead of wasting time going through each and every Chardonnay here is a short list of wines, in the below info-graphic, which you can try without going in the hassles of figuring out the best on your own.

most popular chardonnay wines in australia

These are Australia’s bestseller Chardonnay wines of 2016, leaving you with just a simple exercise of grabbing these out and to enjoy them peacefully. The Chardonnay wines which are on the list are –

1.       Table Talk Chardonnay

2.       Coldridge Estate Chardonnay

3.       Mcwilliams Inheritance Chardonnay

4.       McGuigan Bin 7000 Chardonnay

5.       Queens Pinch Chardonnay

6.       Wolf Blass Silver Label Chardonnay

7.       Three Mile Lane Chardonnay

8.       Peter Lehmann Founding Stone Chardonnay

9.       Fay McGuigan Homestead Chardonnay


Why Premium Wines are Expensive?

Ever wondered why the wine you are paying for is so expensive?

Here are a few factors that affect the price of a wine which can bring wines to sell in the premium range.

Geographical Location can play an important role in deciding the price of the wine. If the vineyard is present in a highly-reputed wine region where the land rates are high, it would naturally make the prices of these wine soar.

  1. Manpower related factors such as labor cost and winemaker’s fees can be another reason for that costly drink. For small wineries, the number of laborers employed too can direct the cost of the wine. Winery paying a hefty salary to its winemakers can influence the price of the wine too. 
  1. Viticulture and Winemaking related factors are mentioned below-
  • Yield and Grape Selection

If the yield per hectare is less for a winery and the selection is of only premium quality grapes it would make the wines more expensive.

  • Type of Wine

If dry white wines are to be made, there is a need of using more grapes to produce same quantity of wine which is normally produced. This increases the input costs. That is how premium white wines attain high price levels. If the wine is to be produced is sparkling, then additional process, such as disgorging of wine, takes place which can add to wine’s cost. Thus, costs related to the nature of wine being made.

  • Oak Aging

The Oak barrels in which the wine is aged do not come cheap. They can raise the price of the wine which is stored for aging purposes. At times, the period of storage can be many years and the overhead costs attributed to these wines on per unit basis are far higher that the wines which are consumed young.

  • Vintage Year

If for a year, the wine production had not been significant and the demand is high then the new price to tackle demand may hurt the customers pocket.

  1. Advertising of the brand can bring good dividends in later stages but, initially, it is expensive for the fresh wines.Organic wines
  1. Imported Wines are more expensive as they incur additional transport cost and taxes. 
  1. Organic Wines can be more expensive as the processes and efforts are different and the path to getting certified often difficult. Even the time taken for preparing the farmland suitable for producing organic white wines or red wines is very long which increases the costs.