Hey! Who are you calling Schioppettino?!?
We all know about Shiraz, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc but how about Schioppettino, Negro Amaro or Garganega?
Over 155 unique grape varieties are grown commercially in Australia every year, from the mainstream and hugely popular to the obscure and emerging. Varieties like Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache contribute to our wonderful resource of old vines in Australia, with vines in the Barossa dating back to 1843. The diversity of grapes grown in Australia has been enhanced in recent times by increased plantings of varieties like Montepulciano, Vermentino and Prosecco. Wine writer Walter Speller recently said, "these varieties have found a new home and, more than that, are expressing their origin in a completely unique, transparent way." Just recently Australia became the first non-Italian Gold medal winners for Montepulciano at the International Wine Challenge, one of the world’s biggest and best wine competitions. Congratulations to Bird in Hand and Mr. Riggs on their wins!
The Chalmers family in Victoria have been instrumental in the diversification of Australian wine over the last 15 or so years, introducing many of the Mediterranean varieties to Australia that are now gaining fans here and around the world! Chalmers are an Australian family success story. From modest beginnings, Bruce & Jenni (the parents) Chalmers vine propagation business grew to be the largest of it’s kind in Australia by the late 1990s. Today they also make wines under the Chalmers label, with eldest daughter Kim managing the wine business. Daughter Tennille joined full time in 2010 & in 2011 Kim's husband, winemaker Bart van Olphen completes this family team!
“What a legacy for all to share, Australian wine history writ large by this outstanding family. James Busby would be very proud of their efforts.” Craig Isbel – Izway Wines Barossa