This year’s ADT in Edinburgh was Scotland’s largest tasting of Australian wine to date, with over 350 wines from 30 different regions.
The tasting was held in the prestigious Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street. This was a brand new venue for the Edinburgh ADT, which enabled us to accommodate even more wines, exhibitors and visitors than last year.
Around 150 visitors from across Scotland attended, including buyers and sommeliers from the country’s top restaurants and bars. 15 winery principals also flew in from Australia to pour their wines – Kym Milne MW, Jane Campbell, Rory Lane, Damian North, Sue Henderson and Olivia Barry amongst others.
The tasting showcased the quality, diversity and innovation of Australian wine. All styles of Australian wine were on show and prices (£RRP) ranged from £6.75 up to £75 a bottle. Visitors tried the latest vintages of Australia’s most iconic fine wines, including Clonakilla’s ‘Hilltops’ Shiraz, d’Arenberg’s The Dead Arm Shiraz and Henschke’s Julius Riesling as well as new-wave artisan wines from the likes of Bremerton, Gembrook Hill and Lethbridge.
A focus table with 20 wines made from alternative grape varieties added an extra element to the day and featured some wines not seen before in the Scottish trade. Alternative varieties included Dolcetto, Gruner Veltliner, Negroamaro, Roussanne, Sangiovese and Touriga Nacional.