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What's that saying? Early Easter, early vintage ...

The 2013 Langhorne Creek vintage kicked off in the 1st week of February and progressed at a fast and furious pace leaving only a small amount of late harvest varieties by the end of March.

The 2013 Langhorne Creek vintage kicked off in the 1st week of February and progressed at a fast and furious pace leaving only a small amount of late harvest varieties by the end of March.

A dry end to the season resulted in a compressed vintage with harvesting maintained at a steady rate.

While demand for Chardonnay remains low across the industry, all other varieties continue to be sought after and are well supplied from Langhorne Creek.

A conservative regional estimate of between 45,000 and 48,000 tonnes is anticipated from the Langhorne Creek 2013 vintage.

It may have been a frantic vintage with some lighter crops but the fruit has been well received by wineries. White varieties have performed well and we can expect some outstanding reds amongst the Cabernet, Shiraz, and though in lower amounts than desired, excellent Malbec.

Another vintage to look forward to for wine lovers.

Contact Bek Schapel on 0448 690 708
or visit our website
May 2013

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Australia's wine regions

Fundamental to the organisation and development of the Australian wine industry is the geographic division of the country into wine zones, wine regions and sub-regions. The system, referred to as Geographic Indications (GI) governs the wine making process and the marketing of wine to both the domestic consumer and our overseas markets.

So why have a system at all? The land, its soil, aspect and topography as well as the climate are fundamental in determining the character of wine. Wines become known by and famous for their place of origin so it is essential to protect the integrity and marketing status of named regional wines. Wine carrying a regional name must have 85% of the fruit sourced from that region

The system is essential for our exports. It was devised after lengthy negotiations with the European Commission who would not accept Australian wine unless it complied with their strict regulations. The system became law with the passing of amendments to the  Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act  1980 in 1993. The  Wine Australia Corporation Act  1980 was the Act which established the AWBC.

The Geographic Indications Committee of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation (AWBC) determines geographic boundaries of regions. Key to the determination of boundaries, is firstly the soil type and secondly the climate. The process of determining a region (or sub-region) is a lengthy one involving both the industry and government. Australia has 51 wine regions and 9 sub-regions.

The creation of wine regions based on in-depth knowledge of viticulture has fostered standards and ethics within the wine industry and takes credit for much of the success Australian wines have achieve overseas.

Definitions

Zone: A zone is an area of land, without any particular qualifying attributes.

Region: A region must be a single tract of land, comprising at least five independently owned wine grape vineyards of at least five hectares each and usually produce five hundred tonnes of wine grapes in a year. A region is required to be discrete from adjoining regions and have measurable homogeneity in grape growing attributes over its area.

Sub-region: A sub-region must also be a single tract of land, comprising at least five independently owned wine grape vineyards of at least five hectares each and usually produce five hundred tonnes of wine grapes in a year. However, a sub-region is required to be discrete within the region and have substantial homogeneity in grape growing attributes over the area.

These definitions are reproduced with the permission of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation.

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Key Legislation and Regulations Governing Australian Wine Regions

Wine Australia Corporation Act 1980
Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Act 1980 (Amendments 1993)
Trade Marks Act 1995
Trade Practices Act 1974

Wine Diva's Use of Wine Region Names

Names of zones, wine regions and sub-regions are listed under the category "Wine region". The keyword search also includes popular names for regions. Users will receive results matching official region names, for example "Karri Country" will give you "Pemberton".

All efforts are made to keep our information up-to-date. (Last up-dated 23 Feb 2011)

Sites with more information:

References

Allen, Max, Yarra Valley Wine Guide. Hawthorn, Vic, Pizzey, 1999
Beeston, John. The Wine Regions of Australia. (2nd ed.) Crows Nest, NSW, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 2002
Bulleid, Nick, Hunter Valley Wineguide. Hawthorn, Vic, Pizzey, 2000
Halliday, James, Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand. (Revised ed.) Pymble, NSW, Harper Collins, 1998
Divine Food & Wine, Melbourne (Issues 14,18,23,28)