Wine & Australia


Greetings from Australia!  The land of big Shiraz, great beaches and the wild outback.  My travels (for work) have taken me from San Francisco to Sydney and currently to Melbourne.  From here I'm off to Hong Kong and then Taipei before I get home.

This trip is for my work but I'm hoping to find some time to explore some of the great Australian wine regions and drink some great Australian wine.  I've always enjoyed Australian wine and the winery I work for part time, Loxton Cellars, is owned an Australian.
The challenge when traveling for work is being able to find the time to do things that you want to do.  For me, that means visiting wine regions and Australia has many with the most popular (arguably) being the Barossa Valley.  However, most of the southern parts of Australia have wine regions.  My initial stay in Sydney had me in close proximity to the Hunter Valley but unfortunately timing did not allow me to visit it.  Yes, I did have a Sunday free but I used that day to attend an Aussie BBQ with mates of mine that live in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney.  Unfortunately, there were no “Shrimp-on-the-barbie” but there were some killer lamb-rosemary sausages and a great every day sparkling wine called Trilogy .

My time in Sydney went by very fast and I am now in Melbourne with the weekend looming.  The good news is that I've convinced some coworkers to take me into the Yarra Valley.  Yarra Valley is one of the lesser know wine regions in Australia but is producing a lot great wines including delicate Pinot Noirs and elegant, rich Chardonnays.  The wineries of the Yarra Valley are doing their part to show that Australia is not just about big cabs and fruity shiraz.
That's it for now … I'll follow up with my review of the Yarra Valley in my next blog until then here are my first impressions of Australia, Sydney, Melbourne and Australian wine:

•    Melbourne is more in tune with wine than Sydney
•    Beer is consumed everywhere by everyone and even with breakfast (yes, I did try this)
•    Majority of the wines use stelvin closures (twist caps)
•    The red wines are big
•    The white wines are hidden gems
•    The current exchange rate is giving me some great bargains

Loxton Cellars in Glen Ellen, CA on the weekends.

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  • Snooth User: Philip James
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    Awesome John - maybe you can wrangle a company trip to Mendoza next time!

    Nov 01, 2008 at 12:28 PM

  • Snooth User: John Andrews
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Mendoza would be great!

    I'd also like to visit New Zealand and South Africa again.

    Nov 02, 2008 at 4:12 AM

  • Snooth User: Lorie8008
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    Hello, I am new to this site and excited to hear more about the Souther Australian winerys. I have yet to try a wine from this area that I didn't like. Also, being from the US I do not know the area, so a map of the winerys would be huge. I do hope one day to travel there. Thank you for all of your information.

    Oct 23, 2009 at 3:08 PM

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