As days grow pleasantly autumnal and leaves take on their glorious red and golden hues, the prospect of heading out to wine country has, for me at least, great appeal. The scenery can be breathtaking at this time of year, while the cellar doors are cosy refuges in which to while away the hours tasting and talking about wine. Many now boast outstanding food, with kitchen crews taking full advantage of the local seasonal produce close at hand.
With such a wide and spectacular choice of regions and cellar doors, we are often asked where we, at GT WINE, would head for a worthwhile experience. So, each year we entrust our team of writers, who spend a good deal of their time exploring the vinous landscape, with the mission of selecting the most outstanding places to feature in our Cellar Door Awards. While this acts as your guide to the best of the best cellar doors, big and small, we urge you to go a step further and check out suggested itineraries for each region on winecraft.com, our site dedicated to wine travel.
This is also the time of year to start getting stuck into some serious reds. Our panel look at the very best of the Hunter Valley shiraz from the 2017 vintage, Max Allen shines the spotlight on sangiovese and pinot meunier from Geelong, while Tim Atkin MW makes his annual trip to France to review Burgundy’s latest wines. While Margaret Rand gives an update on the best of British winemaking.
Daniel Honan discusses the importance of good texture in wine and the ways and means of producing it. Nick Stock takes a look at those making wine from Australian vineyards that are more than 100 years of age, while Bob Campbell gives a pinot noir a massive 100-point score.