Join us for an opportunity to (re)discover one of Australia’s most iconic grapes from two world-class regions: Barossa and McLaren Vale.
Grenache was one of the first grapes to be introduced in Australia, and Barossa and McLaren Vale were amongst the first sites planted, with many still productive vines dating back to 1850. Originally, Grenache’s role was a workhorse grape, used in blends mainly for fortified wines. But with time, it has come to be recognised as a hugely characterful and highly prized grape in its own right.
One region an hour north of Adelaide, the other 45 mins drive south, both regions boast a Mediterranean climate with a rich tapestry of different soils. Barossa is the warmer of the two, given the McLaren Vale’s coastal position, but both are globally recognised as two of the finest producers of Grenache in the world.
Discover the nuanced expressions of one of Australia’s first grapes with a show-stopping tasting of these two ancestral Grenache regions side-by-side, hosted by Sarah Ahmed and Mark Pygott MW.
This virtual tasting and discussion is one of many CONNECT Conversations to feature on our new virtual platform, Australian Wine CONNECT.
CONNECT is a dynamic, always-on, virtual platform bringing the global wine community together to build new connections with Australia’s thrilling wine scene for powerful commercial outcomes. Free to use, Australian Wine CONNECT is a one-stop location for all wine professionals wishing to extend their knowledge of, and business reach with Australia.
Sarah Ahmed is a UK-based wine writer, blogger, educator and judge, specialising in the wines of Australia and Portugal. As well as publishing her own blog, The Wine Detective, she also writes for numerous publications and has contributed to many...
Born in London but grown in Yorkshire, Mark’s career has seen him live in France, the UK and Taiwan. Wine seemed like an unlikely career for someone with a Masters Degree in Social Work, but his love of taste, the outdoors and a generally curious...