The long and wining road.
On a recent trip to Burgundy in France, I was somewhat taken aback to learn the Dukes of Burgundy (the rulers of the day) had as long ago as the 1300s sequestered for their own use the vineyards producing the finest wines.
This repossession of vineyards had followed centuries of observation by grape growers and winemakers as to which sites produced the greatest wines. This long history of identification of vineyards has made me realise the quite extraordinary catch-up that our wine industry has done here in Australia. Our viniculture knowledge has, in many areas, commenced more than
1000 years behind that of France. And while much information is known as to which grape varieties and clones succeed in particular areas, more is still to be learned that cannot be fast-tracked.
This fledgling industry (by international standards) has, relatively speaking, only just started a journey of discovery and we Aussies should all feel very proud. Cheers to the ride we are being taken on. An exciting future beckons. Graham Black Notting Hill, Victoria