When it comes to wine tasting, the first thing that comes to mind for many of us is Napa, California. Napa is known as wine country. If we want to get away and do a little wine tasting, we go to Napa; especially those of us who live so close. It is easily one of the top weekend destinations. Good wine, however, can be found beyond the borders of California.
Did you know that Australia is the fourth largest exporter of wine in the world? In fact, in 2017 they increased their exports by 15% and exported a total of $2.56 billion for that year. To the US alone, they exported $45 million, and 8% increase from the previous year. Not bad for a country who isn’t known for their wine. Personally, when I think of Australia I think about the outback and the amazing beaches. Not once did wine cross my mind. However, during my recent visit I got to visit a couple of wineries and not only learn more about wine and the wine industry, but get a first-hand look at how wine is actually produced.
We visited wineries in the southern highlands and learned what exactly it is about this area that makes it so ideal for the production of wine. This is a topic I will revisit in a later post. What I can say, however, is that when I think of the places that I want to go wine tasting, Australia will be at the top of my list.
The people are friendly, willing to share their knowledge and expertise, and overall excited to share their wine. What makes Australia so special when it comes to wine tasting is that every winery is different from the previous one. They don’t produce wine because it’s what they’ve always done, but rather they each have a unique story as to why and how it is that they got into the wine industry. To add to the fun, there is also a huge difference between all of the wine that is produced throughout the country; You will never run out of different kinds of wines to try.
If you are considering going wine tasting, and have the means to go wherever your heart desires, I urge you to check out the wine scene in Australia. If you aren’t necessarily a wine enthusiast, but find yourself in Australia, I highly suggest you make time in your trip to do a wine tour. I’m sure glad we did.
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