Australian wine is more than Yellow Tail

Written by Darby Higgs

The [yellow tail] range of wines have takenrepparttar world by storm. And so they should. They are excellent Australian wines which are consistently good. They have clearly wonrepparttar 116115 battle for everyday wines at their particular price range.

But they are a made from classical French grape varieties, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. As such they representrepparttar 116116 successes of Australian winemaking inrepparttar 116117 1980s and 1990s.

What will berepparttar 116118 wines ofrepparttar 116119 new century? Asrepparttar 116120 wine boom ofrepparttar 116121 1990s in Australia unfolded, a quiet revolution was taking place. The area planted to grapes expanded rapidly to underpin massive increases in production and exports of Australian wine. But a large number of vignerons and winemakers were also planting alternative grape varieties.

The profile ofrepparttar 116122 Australian wine scene has changed as dramatically asrepparttar 116123 scale of production. During 2003 a new winery was opened in Australia every day. About half of these new enterprises were growing or using varieties other thanrepparttar 116124 classics mentioned above.

As well asrepparttar 116125 less common French varieties, growers and winemakers have been pioneering with Italian varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Arneis. We have alsorepparttar 116126 Spanish stalwart Tempranillo being increasingly favoured. Evenrepparttar 116127 Russian red grape variety Saperavi is being used. There are probably one hundred wine grape varieties now being produced for commercial wine production in Australia. These new varieties are being planted in traditional areas as well as in new wine regions.

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