As Australian wine has risen to prominence in the last 20 years, it’s easy to assume it’s the ‘new kid on the block’.
In fact, grape vines arrived in Australia aboard the First Fleet in 1788. Successive waves of European immigrants – Germans in the mid 19th century (settling in the Barossa) and Italians and Yugoslavs in the 20th century did much to consolidate growth of the Australian wine industry.
These days Australian winemakers enjoy status akin to the country’s sportsmen and indeed, can be just as competitive! No surprise then that in 2005, sales of Australian wines in the UK finally surpassed French wines.