The long and win­ing road.

Halliday - - Mail -

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

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