Regional flavours

Rarely is a Hunter Valley (pictured) semillon found on wine lists outside New South Wales. (Photo: Hunter Valley Wine Country)

One of the best things about visiting South Australia is the number of rieslings on offer. Whether you are dining at a fine restaurant or a casual gastropub, you will find an extensive range of new vintage offerings as well as the occasional aged gem.

Trying the local wine enriches any visit, whether it be a quick business trip or a leisurely holiday.

This is in stark contrast to the eastern states where riesling is often absent from all but the finest lists.

The picture is different for semillon. Rarely is a Hunter semillon found on wine lists outside New South Wales. And when it is included, there usually is only one. However, semillon is an essential part of any fine wine list in Sydney.

Tuning into local food and wine is just as important when travelling in Australia, as it is when going abroad.

Victoria has a stunning and extensive range of chardonnays and pinot noirs. Exploring the regional accents of these varieties is one of the great joys of any trip to Melbourne.

Cabernet and chardonnay are undoubtedly magnificent in the west. But I also like to hunt down quality semillon sauvignon blanc blends, especially if they have a little age, as well as rieslings from the south.

Tasmania has so many gems that you will be spoilt for choice, so the best approach when visiting the island is only to drink Tasmanian wine. And when in Queensland, be sure to hunt down wines from the local Granite Belt district.

So, when next travelling domestically, seek out wines with regional flavour. Trying the local wine enriches any visit, whether it be a quick business trip or a leisurely holiday. Don’t be afraid to ask for guidance when choosing wine in a bottle shop or restaurant as no one knows local wines better than the locals themselves.

One thought on “Regional flavours”

  1. Nik Sellheim says:

    Very much enjoying your real review. Being a local in the Margaret river region I am dismayed at the fact that so many wine writers are ignorant of or simply ignore what we do so well here.
    Well done Huon!

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