Wine Australia at ProWein 2016: bigger, better, even more exciting
ProWein is Europe’s leading premium wine exhibition, attracting some 6,000 exhibitors and over 52,000 attendees from 57 countries. Over the years ProWein has become something of a second home for Wine Australia, but in keeping with Australian wine’s increasing significance within the premium and super-premium sectors, Wine Australia’s presence was bigger (30% bigger), better and better received than ever this year.
ProWein 2016: 46 Australian exhibitors. One triumphant message of change
46 of Australia’s greatest wineries don’t drop everything and fly half-way around the world without good reason. Gemtree’s Mike Brown still had the remnants of McLaren Vale vintage staining his hands when he arrived, a fitting testament to the importance winemakers attach to getting the message out: Australian wine has changed. And Australian wine has changed. In recent years wineries have begun to exploit the potential of gapes such as Grenache , to harness the unique character of Australia’s wine regions and to create cooler-climate wines that are even more food-friendly and which are finding favour with wine critics and wine consumers alike. ProWein 2016 saw leading wineries from across Australia lining up to show their range of new, premium wines. Among them were Howard Park’s Sue Henderson, Carlo Pizzini from Pizzini Wines – whose sublime Nebbiolo wowed all those fortunate enough to taste it - and Sam Temme from Wirra Wirra whose The Absconder Grenache brilliantly displayed how McLaren Vale Grenache can match even Pinot Noir for subtlety, complexity and depth.
ProWein 2016: modern success built on Australia's wine heritage
Many of the new Australian wines on show at Wine Australia’s stand are the product of Australia’s enviable collection of old vines. Langmeil’s magnum of their exquisite Freedom Shiraz 1999 highlighted both the concentration and complexity that wines born of old vines can deliver and the ageing capacity of top-flight Australian Shiraz. The European wine trade was particularly interested in Australia’s old vine wines. Wine Australia’s Global Education Manager, Mark Davidson, looked at Australia’s old vines in his master class, ‘Oceans, Altitude and Australian Attitude’ while tasting such exceptional wines as E.J. Carr’s House of Arras, Glaetzer-Dixon’s Überblanc, Kooyong Ferrous and Clonakilla’s Hilltops. Australian Wine: ‘Stars feel like they’re aligning’ - Neil Hadley M.W. ProWein 2016 provided Wine Australia with the perfect platform to showcase the immensely exciting changes that have overtaken Australian wine in recent years, changes that point to a premium wine future this is bright. As acknowledged Australian wine authority Neil Hadley M.W. put it, ‘Stars feel like they’re aligning’. A widely held sentiment that we at Wine Australia can only echo.
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