Australia is home to an amazing array of diverse climates and these are reflected in our unique and regionally distinct wine regions. Australian wine pioneer James Busby became involved in viticulture around 1825 and in 1831 he went to Europe and collected 650 varieties.
Australia’s land mass is almost equal to that of the United States and considerably larger than Europe. It is also the flattest continent. Its highest peak is only 2,228m. (France has 75 peaks higher than this). Australia is not at cool latitudes but cool climate regions exist due to the impact and influence of altitude and the surrounding oceans. There are three main mountain ranges that impact the viticultural areas in Australia:
– Darling Scarp in Western Australia
– Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia
– Great Dividing Range in Eastern Australia
There are now over 100 different varieties planted in Australia, the most important of which are: Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, etc.A recent interest in other Mediterranean varieties has seen small but increased plantings of: Vermentino, Barbera, Sangiovese, Fiano, Nero d’Avola, Touriga Nacional.
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