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…
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…
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.
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