Monday, 19 July 2010

Australia and Regionality

The European wine industry has evolved with the concept of terroir at its heart; recognising that soil, climate and topography of a vineyard and region all affect the final wine. So much so, that it is far more common to talk about French regions – Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire etc, than it is to talk simply about French wine. After all, the wines of these regions are so very different, it would be ridiculous to consider them in the same breath, wouldn’t it?

And yet, Australia, which is 50% bigger than the whole of Europe, is invariably still viewed as a single wine region rather than a multitude of vastly different regions. To be fair, this is in part due to the fact that a significant number of wines which have proved popular in the UK – particularly the big brands – have little, if no distinct regional character. Indeed, many would say one of the reasons they have been so successful, is the fact these wines are very approachable, fruit-forward and uncomplicated.

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