Wine quality in Western Australia has never been better. From its early pioneers post settlement in the Swan Valley, to the trend setting vignerons of the late sixties planting in the cooler climes such as Margaret River, and post the planting boom of the late nineties, we now emerge as a defined state of nine fine wine regions. The key factors at play are the maturing age of vineyards, the pedigree of our vignerons and winemakers, our pristine environment, promoting our provenance and personalities, and the exceptional run of strong vintages starting in 2007.
We stand at the dawn of a broader view that generic Australian marketing themes are a thing of the past. Most importantly, Tourism Australia has allocated a significant part of its funds to promote the wine, food and lifestyle of Australia. It will be a far cry from the “shrimp on the barbie” days focusing on the sophistication of the three components. The runaway success of Margaret River Gourmet Escape is very symbolic of how we interact with our wine and food ambassadors for the future.
Western Australian Consumer Wine Tasting – 12th October, Australia House:
For the third succsessful year in a row, the Western Australian Wine Tasting is coming to Australia House, London.
We will have a selection of wine from some of our nine fantastic wine regions. A large selection of our wines will be from the Margaret River region as it is celebrating fifty years since the first plantings in 1967, so come along and raise a glass. There will be some exciting wine styles on show.
Please join us and immerse yourself into the world of Western Australian wines. We look forward to welcoming you.
Women in Wine Awards – 26th September, Australia House:
The highly anticipated Women in Wine event is now less than a week away! 57 women from 51 wineries will be flying over to the UK, making it the world’s largest gathering of Australian women winemakers and winery owners.
This unique event, which incorporates the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA), is the first of its kind and gives trade and consumers the opportunity to meet Australia’s most prominent women in wine, hear their stories and taste a diverse selection of Australian wine.
The day commences with the awards ceremony at 10am, which will be live-streamed to Australia. Alongside the eight AWIWA awards, a one-off award for Honorary Australian Woman in Wine will be presented to a woman in the UK trade who has made a significant contribution to Australian wine. After the awards, there will be a trade tasting, seminar and consumer tasting evening.
Our Western Australian representatives:
Bellarmine Wines, Pemberton – Diane Miller:
Diane has recently featured in Wine Australia’s blog. Di started her career as a veterinary surgeon working in Nottinghamshire. From there she followed her love of Chemistry, vineyards and wines to complete a winemaking degree in Adelaide in 2000. Since becoming a winemaker, she has worked with many varieties but Riesling remains her favourite. To read more please click here.
Vasse Felix, Margaret River - Virginia Willcock & Emily Sharland:
Virginia is one of Australia’s best-known and most iconic winemakers and she’s an awards finalist in the Winemaker of the Year category.
For more information on the Western Australian wine industry please contact Sally Janssen on Sally@wago.co.uk
Below image credit: Wine Australia