A visit to Tasmania provides not only a taste of premium wines but premium fresh regional produce. From seafood to fresh fruits, cheeses and chocolates there is always something to tantalise the taste buds. As a regular visitor it is always a great pleasure to visit some of the many vineyards across the state from the well known to the not so well known. The Tamar Valley in the north is renown for its vineyards and hosts such names as Pipers Brook, Bay of Fires & Jansz (check out our chat with winemaker Natalie Fryar at our sparkling wines blog). This visit we discovered a gem called Goaty Hill this is an established vineyard that for some years has been providing grapes to other vineyards and now in a position to produce their own wines which consist of a terrific Riesling a Chardonnay & of course that Tassie favourite a Pinot Noir. The 2008 Riesling has won a gold medal at the 2009 International Cool Climate Wine Show which is conducted in Red Hill Victoria so congratulations to the team for well earned recognition. Marcus from Goaty Hill talks to us about their wines:-
Giesen is a name associated with taking New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to the world, mostly Australia but a recognised brand in the wine world. The Giesen brothers arrived in New Zealand in the early 1980 `s and began their grape growing and wine making journey in what was a relatively small industry in New Zealand at the time. Since then New Zealand and particularly Marlborough has become renowned for the single varietal Sauvignon Blanc.
It was a great pleasure to meet Theo Giesen and taste not only the most recognised of their wines the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc. The Giesen vineyards are spread over a wide range of soil types and conditions. Each site brings its own vineyard character and flavours, contributing to the crisp full flavoured spectrum of flavours associated with Marlborough sauvignon. They do produce other varieties but this is the main focus.
Family owned, Giesen is also producing the August (named after family member) is a different take on the variety. Barrel fermented this is a complex, textural wine and shows what can be done with this variety, a great wine worth trying if you are looking for more depth in your Sauvignon.
In the past people only traveled for going to the beach, relaxing on their vacation, or visiting historic cities. Nowadays trends change every day and we make trips to different places which offer something more to further our holidays and our personal life. Tourism has changed a lot in the recent years. We each try to partake in an interesting activity, something that can teach us something . It is here where we find a new trend: Wine Tourism.
Typical touristic destinations join forces with their regional products and create a perfect team: promoting famous foods and wines to increase the tourism of the area. Also the opposite can work – some wineries and brands are so famous that they make the cities and areas where they are located famous. But the result is the same: having more tourists makes more money. Just a simple economic marketing strategy.
A country where Wine Tourism is very important is Spain. We can find a lot of different regions who promote different types of wine and tourism. Two of the most famous are:
-RIBERA DE DUERO: Near the city of Burgos, located in Castilla y Leon,through Duero river.Famous for the type of grape “Tempranillo”
-RUEDA Located between the cities of Valladolid, Segovia and Avila, in Castilla y Leon. Famous for the type of grape “Verdejo”
One option if you want to enjoy Spanish Wine Tourism is to visit the amazing cities of the wine regions and go to the restaurants where they offer local food and wines. One can also visit the wineries directly and see how the wine is made from the beginning. Excursions from big cities like Madrid or Barcelona to these regions are now very famous. After all, wine has an important part in tourism and can increase economy in regions, cities and countries. You can mix two pleasures in life such as traveling and discovering the world with a nice glass of wine.