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Australia: the country where growth dreams will be fulfilled

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If there is a country that knows no crisis, that is Australia. The economy seems to flow and new business opportunities open to other countries. So, even if it’s far away, it is not surprising that some Spanish companies have decided to expand borders and perform studies about the country and its demand.

While Australia is a producer of wines from different appellations and key axis of the market in different regions, Spanish wine can be a good product to export to the country, because it seems that growth will be exponential in the coming years.

For this reason and many others, the country’s riches are constant and some business organizations know it, helping Spanish companies to export to Australia. An example is what the Trade Promotion Institute of Castilla-La Mancha (IPEX) states, organizing a trade mission of agrifood producers to the Australian fair of wine and beer. The event will take place in Melbourne from August 31 to September 2, and in the city of Sydney, on September 7.

Two key dates for Spanish companies to make themselves known, to explore the territory and do business in one of the lands of more expansion worldwide. Thanks to this trade mission, trade agendas and the intervention of these in showrooms and tasting areas will be called for Spanish food and drinks companies.

Those skilled in this matter predict that the Spanish product is largely untapped in the country and that is really fashionable, so it is an excellent opportunity to open borders for some of the Spanish companies. But not everything are good news: Spaniards may face some obstacles, such as the distance between countries and also the entry restrictions on products and services that the country is imposing, while they can be overcome successfully.

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007: a red wine with Rioja DO which blend contains tempranillo and garnacha of 2007 and presents an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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Pruno 2013: a red wine of the Ribera del Duero DO is made with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon of 2013 and with 13.5º of alcohol content.

 

 

Antipodean wine regions you should visit

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If you’re a wine lover or you’re entering this world, you must know that the cellars of the New World, such as Australia and New Zealand, are in vogue. Therefore we give you some info on regions, areas and wine tours that you can not miss in the Antipodes.

Marlborough

The famous Marlborough region is mostly known for its production of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s located in the north-eastern area of the South Island of New Zealand, noted for its stony ground. You can visit over 40 wineries in Marlborough, with established wine routes to explore the cellars and taste the wines thanks to its tastings.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a white wine of the Marlborough DO with sauvignon blanc of 2014 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

Broome

This region is named after a town located in the Kimberley area in Western Australia, 2,200 kilometres north of Perth. It is an area of strong tourist activity, adding all those who come to see its wineries. They make routes to know the development of the wine production, with tastings and food such as dry meat and spicy sauces. To relax, you can go to Cable Beach.

Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of the best-known Australian regions because of its wineries. Here are some of the oldest wine families in the country, and it’s especially noted for the production of dry white wine. Wineries such as Brokenwood won the Best Red Wine of the World in 2001. The Scarborough cellar is also strongly known, since its establishment in this wine area in the 60s. Their quintessential wine is the Chardonnay, the most popular white in Australia. We also stop at Audrey Wilkinson, a winery with a 150-year history. Near the town of Pokolbin, it offers free tastings, tours of the winery, and the entrance to a small museum of winemaking.

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Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2013

 

Australian wines

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Australian wines characterize by their brightness, the freshness and those marked aromas characteristic of the grape. In Spain we see more and more, wines from the Antipodes. Do you want to know them?

The vine arrived to Australia in 1788 by the Cape of Good Hope, and was planted in the garden of Governor Phillip, in what now is the center of Sydney. Cultivation spread quickly moving away from the coast looking for dry climates, first to Hunter Valley, South Australia and then, to Victoria and Tasmania. In 1830 wine was produced commercially.

Still, Australian wines have been unknown in the rest of the world until 15 or 20 years ago, when advances were implanted on crops (such as drip irrigation systems) what allowed the grew of a consistent production and began to search new markets through the exportation of wine.

Since then, Australian wines are divided basically into two ranges: the young and fresh wine with great fruity potential and low cost and high-end wines with great structure and storage capacity. We often see 20 years old white wines like Riesling and Sémillon, or Cabernet Sauvignon of 30 to 40 years.

But the most characteristic grape of Australian vine, undoubtedly, is the Shiraz, our Syrah, which is very well developed here and displays an impressive amount of fruity aromas, and in some cases combined with the Cabernet Sauvignon , which grows very well here too, giving as a result impressive reserve wines and alone it offers very tasty wines. 

As in production areas, the most important are: 

  • South Australia: The most famous region is home to some of the most known and expensive wines. Here we have Barossa Valley, an appellation which has been positioned as to match the best in the world. Another well-known name is McLaren Vale.
  • Victoria: Produces a wide range of wines, with a great average quality and with a great acceptance. At Yarra Valley area, modern style wines are being made with a huge success.
  • Western Australia: the most arid region for wine is the newest development area.

Want to try wines from Australia? We suggest a few:

  • Wolf Blass Sémillon Chardonnay “Red Label” 2008: Barossa Valley, the most famous appellations, we have this blend of Semillon and Chardonnay grapes with tropical aromas and a creamy touch. To be enjoyed slowly.
  • Madfish Shiraz 2005: Also in the Barossa Valley, a wine from the star variety, Shiraz. Madfish is one of the best known Australian wineries around the world and offers wines of a very nice quality and moderate price.
  • Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2000: Margaret River is adesignation of Western Australia which produces very good wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, supported by its extreme dryness. This wine has a very good storage capacity and has the aromas of great wine.

Have you ever tried Australian wines? Which ones? What is your favorite?

Consumers stay home and drink wine

Good news for the wine industry: a recent survey shows wine has become consumers’ first choice in the US, UK, and Australia when they stay at home, which itself remains a strong trend as people seem reluctant to return to their pre-Crisis levels of spending on eating and drinking out.

The bad news for upper tier wineries is that the wines chosen remain on the lower end of the price scale in the US, Australia, and other countries like Italy and Austria. Only the UK is feeling optimistic- 30% are willing to pay more then $10 per bottle versus the $7 bottles selling in the other countries.

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What does this mean? In the short term wineries selling wines over $10 are going to continue to struggle for a while and wine flash sales and deals will continue- more of the same we’ve been seeing in the past year. But long term it means drinking habits are shifting from beer and spirits towards wine, which is considered better for your health, adds an additional level of pleasure to food, and has strong associations with sharing good times with family and friends. Even the Crisis has had one major upside, as in their search for values consumers have become more open to experimenting with new regions and varietals. This means once confidence is restored the industry may have its best moment yet- a wide wine drinking population, now open minded and with increased power to move up the price scale and searching for great finds at all levels. And with internet shopping for wine now more widely available, consumers will be able to take advantage of more choices than ever.