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.
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.