Daily Wine News: Aussie Culture

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-26-2022

Hunter Valley in Australia. (Wikimedia)

In VinePair, Siobhan Reid explores Australia’s “hottest” wine region, Orange. “Enter Orange, a cold-climate wine region located under four hours’ drive west of Sydney, just beyond the peaks of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. The only wine region in Australia (and possibly even the world) that’s defined by elevation, Orange is home to over 60 vineyards, all situated at a minimum altitude of 1,968 feet above sea level.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Christina Pickard looks at how orange wine is changing Australian wine culture.

Of all the areas where Rhône varieties have been imported, South Africa is increasingly reputed. Malu Lambert digs deep into its terroirs in Club Oenologique.

In Grape Collective, Lisa Denning talks with Charlie Holland, Gusbourne’s winemaker for the past decade, to find out more about the winery and the exciting future of English Sparkling wine.

“Split case fees – an additional charge historically levied by US wholesalers to supply less than a case of wine or spirits – have long been legal and costly for small retailers. The Albany, New York-based State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) is now debating decreasing that cost, ideally, in order to help retailers save money,” reports Liza B. Zimmerman in Wine-Searcher.

A recently renovated vineyard estate, which produces Sangiovese wines, is on the market for $5.395 million in Santa Ynez, California, reports the Drinks Business.

A new winemaking regimen, revamped cellar, fine-tuned viticulture and a replanting project are pushing this Napa Cabernet house into new territory. Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth visits Ehlers Estate and tastes recent vintages.

Comments (2)

  1. It’s great to see Orange getting recognition!

    The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, effective as of Jan 4, 1981, was the first AVA in the United States to be defined by altitude. There have been others since, including Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak and Mendocino Ridge, both in California’s North Coast. Mendocino Ridge is particularly interesting in this respect, since there is no contiguous ridge line. Therefore, the AVA is essentially a scattering of peaks.

  2. Sorry for the typo, SCM was Jan 4, 1982…