By Melissa Keogh
Wine from the Napa Valley in the US to Bordeaux in France will go up against some of South Australia’s finest drops for Tasting Australia’s Great Wine Voyage this weekend.
Wine lovers will take an international tour through Adelaide’s east end, tasting wine from each of the Great Wine Capitals (including SA).
Adelaide, SA, is recognised as one of the finest wine regions in the world, along with Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Mainz (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Napa Valley (US), Casablanca Valley (Chile), Verona (Italy) and the newly inducted Lausanne (Switzerland).
Participants of the Great Wine Voyage will gather at Mother Vine in Vardon Avenue before making their way to small bars across the city, tasting wine from nine of the 10 wine regions along the way.
Wine from Lausanne just missed out on being included in the voyage, as the Swiss wine region was only inducted into the network in March, 2018.
Local wine gurus including representatives from d’Arenberg, Angove Family Winemakers, Murdoch Hills, Wines by KT and Redman will compare SA varieties with an established expression from each international region.
The winemakers will also talk to why Adelaide is a member of the exclusive Great Wine Capital Global Network.
Langhorne Creek’s Bleasdale Vineyards winemaker Paul Hotker will take guests through the similarities between his Generations Malbec 2015 and a Mendoza equivalent.
In 2017 Paul received the ultimate nod from Australia’s top wine critic, James Halliday, when he was crowned Winemaker of the Year.
He will explain the similarities of the two drops, including their violet, blackberry, plum, rose petals, cloves and spice aromas.
“Langhorne Creek Malbec and Argentinean Malbec have strong violet perfumes and what drives that is cool, overnight temperatures,” Paul tells Brand SA News.
“They (Argentineans) are influenced by the high altitude influence and gully winds, whereas we are … influenced by the Southern Ocean.”
Paul says SA wine deserves to stand up against drops from other regions considered to be the best in the world.
When asked why Adelaide deserved to be a part of the exclusive Great Wine Capitals Global Network he states “it’s the obvious choice isn’t it?”.
“It seems crazy that we wouldn’t be up there with the others,” Paul says.
“It helps us to become a part of something bigger.”
The Great Wine Voyage, hosted by Primary Industries and Regions SA, is one of various events within Tasting Australia, a 10-day food and wine celebration that kicks off on Friday, April 13.
Read more about what’s in store for Tasting Australia and how to Choose SA at the event here.
Great Wine Voyage tickets are on sale until 5pm Thursday, April 12, unless sold out prior.
The event runs from 2pm – 6pm and tickets are $75 per person.
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