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Feb 27, 2023

Our antipodean correspondent, Simone Madden-Grey joins the podcast again (man, scheduling over the last few years has been hard!)!  She gets us up to speed on one of the exciting trends in Australian wine right now: alternative varieties (like Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo, and more!)


We define alternative varieties, discuss the impetus for this movement, and the proof points for the movement being more than a fad.  We discuss the importance of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show.

We cover:

  • Current forces challenging Australian wine in general – China, difficulties in the US market, and some challenges with alternative varieties with Italy, specifically


  • Key regions (GIs – geographical indications) that are making great alternative varieties – Riverland, Murray-Darling, and Beechworth, among others.



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