It might come as a surprise to many people, as it did to us, that there are so many wine regions in our lucky country. Most people are able to name about half a dozen (think Barossa Valley, Margaret River, Hunter Valley etc) which lead us to consider that there are a lot of regions that make great wines that need some uncovering.
It seems only reasonable therefore that the Wine Wankers review as many as we can in an effort to spread the word on our wonderful wine (it’s work, really it is). We will do these posts over a period of time, peppered in between our regular content.
Part of the inspiration for this came from a couple we overheard in a winery on the weekend stating that they had been to 66 of the 72 wine regions. They had decided to do this following their wedding, as a wine journey through the length and breadth of the country, nice, expensive. Now the husband in this tryst did display some concerning wine wanker tendencies, however we will attempt the journey ensuring no such ticks emerge (see this post on how NOT to become a wine wanker).
Now there is some argy bargy around the total number or regions as there are a few not formally recognised yet, however we will defer to the the expertise of James Halliday on the subject and have therefore settled on 72. Wine Australia, the peak body of the wine industry here list 62 (the top graphic), but rather than fuss over the number we will assume the differences are unclassified/emerging regions.
We will start with New South Wales (NSW) as it is closest to home. Within NSW there are the following 17 wine regions; Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Hunter, Mudgee, Murray Darling, New England, Orange, Perricoota, Riverina, Shoalhaven Coast, Southern Highlands, Swan Hill, Tumbarumba and Upper Hunter.
Purely under the guise of research the Wine Wankers were lucky enough to attend the Sydney Cellar Door as part of the annual NSW food and wine festival currently running in Sydney. This event had wineries categorised by region so was a great start to our adventure; without even leaving our home town. For $25 you purchased a tasting glass (plastic) and received 5 tickets that allowed you 10 x 30ml pours of wine. This was a great experience and we were invited to quite a few wineries and made some great contacts. As expected the wine was sublime, even tasted from the plastic cup.
We are happy for any suggestions on wineries or regions we should feature. Stay tuned for our first “Wine Pilgrimage” post.
Neal (The Wine Wankers)