Wow. The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show fellowship. What a great opportunity for a wine-obsessed storyteller. I am chuffed to jump aboard this juicy, alternative variety dreamboat. Ironically, I grew up surrounded by milk, not wine. I‘ve pulled more udders than I‘ve poured wine but a childhood spent on a dairy farm gave me an  The post Meet the 2017 Fellow: Katie Spain appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties W
A guest blog by AAVWS Committee Chair Ashley Ratcliff The American billionaire, Warren Buffett, once quoted ‘when everyone is brave be scared, and when everyone is scared be brave‘. My take on this quote is, do the opposite of what everyone else does! During the 1990‘s almost the entire Australian wine industry was brave super  The post Warren Buffett and Alternative Grape Varieties appeared first on Australian Alternative Var
Introducing, in her own words,Simone Madden-Gray as the 2018 AAVWS Fellow Alternative grape varieties are occupying a greater share of the national vineyard, creating an exciting contrast to the traditional Australian offering and the AAVWS Fellowship offers an essential insight into this next chapter of Australian wine history. In my role as owner of Happy  The post Happy Wine Woman is the 2018 AAVWS Fellow appeared first on Australian Alterna
Picture yourself standing with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the business of bringing alternative varieties to Australia. Look down at the dusty red earth and then up, along rows of vines with stakes meticulously recording variety, clone, count and source data. Listen in on discussions about requests from Italy for long  The post Diary of a Happy Wine Woman in Mildura appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties
by Simon Killeen of Simao and Co., AAVWS Committee Member When I was about five, I vividly remember driving in the vineyards with my dad, proudly announcing my understanding of the varieties we had planted.I explained to him the wines they made. ‘Shiraz makes Shiraz, Muscat makes Muscat, Port makes Where‘s our Port planted?‘ ‘There‘s  The post Fortifieds - The Original Australian Alternative Variety Champions appea
by Jane Faulkner, AAVWS Chief of Judges 2012 - 2018 Assyrtiko. Nero d‘Avola. Pavana. Savagnin under flor and subsequently, true albarino. Picpoul. Mencia. Extended skin-contact whites plus many more styles and varieties besides. If someone had told me in 2005 all those would one day feature at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, I might  The post It‘s Been One Hell of a Ride appeared first on Australian Alternative Varie
There is no denying the consumer thirst for alternative varieties. I observe it daily at Wine House Melbourne. The curious drinker wants a new experience as well as pleasure. However, this yearning has yet to fully infuse in the premium wine market‘s high end, to whom an independent retailer like Wine House primarily caters. My  The post Meet the 2019 Fellow: Grant Scicluna appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAV
by Tim White, inaugural Chief of Judges of AAVWS and wine writer The wine in the glass had me puzzled. It smelled bit like Viognier in that it had luminous yellow smells of apricots; yet there was something also caramelised root vegetable-like which suggested a richer style of Grner Veltliner. In the mouth it was  The post The New Needs Friends appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS).
by Ashley Ratcliff, AAVWS President, Director of Ricca Terra Farms and 2015 Viticulturist of the Year This year I have travelled twice to the USA to showcase our wines. This somewhat daunting challenge has opened my eyes to a market that seems to be wanting more from Australia. Let‘s face it, we are known for  The post Are we what the Stars Stripes have been waiting for? appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS
by Noah Ward, Unico Zelo It‘s been at the core of our story ever since we began, this little white grape variety from Campania that we cherish. We have 6 - yes, 6 - different expressions of it that we make each year (not including things like Txak Atak and Off-White from our Funkworks side  The post Why Do We Love Fiano? appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS).