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Australia, like other new world wine producers, is less inhibited to strong ties of tradition that permeate European wine industry. Since start of 1990s a strong predisposition for experimentation has permeated wine industry. Australian wine consumers are now adopting this ethic. Wine lovers in US and UK will soon be seeing a new wave of different Aussie wines to taste.
It is safe to say that Chardonnay and Shiraz will continue to dominate wine production in Australia for many years to come. But consumers will have a much wider choice is they are willing to be just a little adventurous.
Darby is the founder of Vinodviersity.com an information service spreading the word about exciting new winegrape varieties being used to produce wine in Australia. He lives in Melbourne and regularly vists Australian wineries.