High Winery In Sight For China

The world’s second biggest area is devoted to vineyards, and China has been trying to produce wine to enter the international market for numerous years. They are up against the very popular wine countries like France and Australia, especially the vineyards in the Yarra Valley down in Melbourne that offer romantic getaways to tourists.

China is still yet to accomplish entering the international market, however, it can now flaunt that it holds the title for having the only high-altitude winery in the world. The winery is 2,300 metres above sea level and is located in Danba.

During the tour of the winery, one of the employees was explaining how the cellar that they store the wine in to age before it is bottled originally was a cave and they started to use it to make wine in 2007.

The contrast between modern fermentation facilities and the rustic cellar where the wine is aged at least two years in Danba before being bottled, definitely adds to its appeal.

The young employee taking us on the tour spoke about how the cave was previously used as a meditation place of a “living Buddha”.

Zhang Jin, who is the winery engineer, offers a prosaic perspective. He underlines the stable temperature and humidity of the cellar to be between 13-15 degrees Celsius and between 70-75 per cent. These conditions lead to a more balanced taste of the wine.

The wine is sold under the name Kangding Hong. It is between $15 and $260 USD. Vine seedlings are mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties which are imported from Spain and France. These will later be refined in their own vineyards or in local farm plantations.

Zhang speaks about how their aim is to create employment for country inhabitants who are mostly dependent on farming, mining, and agriculture for their livelihoods.

Ma Yung, who is the manager of the winery, talks about how they employ roughly 150 people and around 3,960 families from both Danba and neighbouring countries are also part of the project, and have large ambitions of eventually offering great holiday accommodation at well established wineries.

Lu Shigui is a wealthy businessman who owns the winery and he claims that they will try to get their wines listed on the stock exchange within the next 5 years. He just has to remember that it is a highly competitive market and he is up against some strong competitors, especially the Yarra Valley wineries that I mentioned earlier.

“The real dream is to improve wine quality and sell it to other countries,” he says.

To read more about the world first high altitude winery, visit https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/china-sets-high-winery-sights-221602384.html

Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.

The Hunter Valley is the  oldest wine growing region in Australia, where you’ll discover over 150 wineries producing world-class wines.
The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is Australia’s earliest wine growing region, predating Victoria’s Yarra Valley vineyards It is also renowned for its fine dining, cooking schools, galleries, health spa retreats and golf courses. Here you can sample the local regions cheeses, hand-made chocolates, charcuterie, dairy products, sourdough breads and olive oils straight from the manufacturers. Join a wine tasting master class, or sample a large selection of wines at one of more than 160 cellar doors. After your chosen indulgence, escape to the outdoors with a game of golf, hot-air balloon or helicopter ride or you could go hunting for antiques and local art works in the area’s numerous galleries.

The very first vines in the Hunter Valley were planted by families in the 1820s, making the Hunter Valley Australia’s earliest wine region. Hunter Valley Semillon is commonly considered the iconic wine of the region, however the Hunter also produces wine from a wide range of grapes including shiraz, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and verdelho. Check out the internationally-acclaimed Wyndham Estate, one Australia’s earliest vineyards, which hosts Opera in the Vineyards each year. The historical 1866 Audrey Wilkinson winery has a museum with original wine making equipment on display furniture.

At a lot of the cellar doors, you can sample from a large selection of wines, or join up with a wine tasting master class that includes various rare vintages. Some cellar doors you can visit by simply just showing up, however some others do require advance reservations. Spend the night in boutique guesthouses (which also offer wedding accommodation) or eat in top quality dining establishments featuring many of the world’s finest wines in the historic towns of Broke, Lovedale, Maitland, Pokolbin and Wollombi. On a specialised wine tour you can check out a number of wineries in a day, including a few of the latest wine makers which is a perfect activity to do when on romantic getaways.

Throughout the year, the Hunter Valley presents a very diverse array of food and wine events in its wineries  including live performances by big name artists in jazz, opera and blues. The “Lovedale Long Lunch” is a progressive-style banquet which winds through a number of  Hunter Valley wineries and dining establishments each year in May. Roam around the vibrant, colourfull flowers at the Festival of the Flowers, and take in the spectacular landscape design that was done,in September or throughout November, you can follow an art trail at Sculpture in the Vineyards in your frilly plus size dress or your favorite jumpsuit.

Hunter Valley Wine Country is roughly 2 hours’ drive north of Sydney. In the heart of the Hunter Region is the beachside city of Newcastle, which has a rich history, culture and outstanding dining and shopping. Unwind on the beautiful beaches of the New South Wales Central Coast. Hike trough ancient rain forests in national parks such as Watagan, Yengo, Wollombi and World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops Go swimming, fishing or even sailing at Lake St Clair near Singleton. You can take a trip through the Hunter Valley on the Pacific Coast Touring Route from Sydney to Brisbane.

Introducing the Coolest Wine Region in Australia: The Yarra Valley

Cruising down the long and smooth Maroondah Highway under its vivid street lighting, driving through lush green hills and beautifully presented vineyards with tremendous landscaping all surrounded by gorgeous mountain ranges that is the Yarra Valley, making the hour long journey from the heart of Melbourne to be well worth it. The Valley has everything you look for in a wine region; meals straight from the farm to the table, very generously poured glasses of wine, and striking sceneries.

The Yarra Valley is peppered with over 80 wineries, scenic country towns, farmers markets, mesmerising natural reserves and an abundance of wildlife.  With the Yarra River making its way through the valley, the region stretches across the Yarra Ranges National Park and all the way up to the Kinglake National Park. But it’s the vine-covered hills of Yarra Glen and Healesville that experience the most attention from connoisseurs and tourists. They get to fill their plates, enjoy gourmet meals and exquisite wines while lounging in the views of the terraced vineyards. Additionally, a number of wineries in the Yarra Valley can also be used as wedding accommodation for those choosing the magical place that is the Yarra Valley to tie the knot.

A cool yet sunny climate, great terroir and a wine production infrastructure that rivals the best in the world is what the Yarra Valley has to offer. Its wide variety of award-winning wines ranging from velvety Pinot Noirs to crisp Chardonnays and bubbly sparkling wines, you are certain to find one that delights you.

Australia may be best known for its Cabernet and Shiraz wines, but Victoria’s Yarra Valley has also been producing incredible Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays for decades. Oakridge has been churning out celebrated wine in the Valley since 1978, the days of blossoming plus size clothing, but its culinary offerings have been gaining more attention than ever before. The view from the restaurants patio at Oakridge is one of the best in the Yarra Valley, especially when you’re enjoying one of their signature Chardonnays paired with the chef’s slightly smoky rainbow trout.

Another main winery just located off Maroondah Highway is Domaine Chandon and there you will find that the emphasis is on sparkling wines. Everything about this place exudes luxury and taste with an incredible visitor experience which you would come to expect from a producer with such a storied history.

The Yarra Valley is all about the moments, conversations, relationships, and the tastes that are to be shared. It is perfect for a weekend getaway, with endless options of places to stay, and there is even pet friendly accommodation available too! It is a place that I highly recommend you visit.

Rob Thomas to Tour Australia in February 2016

Rob Thomas has had a 20 year love affair with Australia so he coming back in a solo tour starting in February 2016

The front man of Matchbox 20 who turned solo artist awhile back has announced he’s coming down under for a very unique selection on shows as the headliner for dates in February and March.

The tour is to support his first solo album in 6 years entitled The Great Unknown. Is tour will include a very special night on the steps of the Sydney Opera house entitled ‘On the Steps’. The tour will also include three winery tours, one being ‘A Day at the Green’ at one of most popular wineries in the Yarra Valley Melbourne. He is also going to headline a show at the Melbourne Arena and two shows in Canberra and Perth.

The good news is that Adelaide fans have not been forgotten as he has been booked for a special performance at the Clipsal 500 post-race concert on Sunday, March 6th

Thomas said of his The Great Unknown World Tour, “I’ll be playing some of the new stuff, some of the old stuff, a little bit of everything, it’s pretty exciting,”

Rob will be joined by Aussie  Pete Murray, together with Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton at the three very special winery shows.

Tickets for the shows have been on sale sine November so if there are any left, please check him out! While you are there, make sure you get a Yarra Valley winery tour before the show at A Day at the Green and make a whole day of it.

Saturday, 20th February 2016
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Live Nation

Monday, 22nd February 2016
Royal Theatre, Canberra
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, 24th February 2016
‘On The Steps’ Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney
Tickets: Live Nation

Saturday, 27th February 2016
Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW
Tickets: Live Nation

Sunday, 28th February 2016
Adotg Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016
Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth
Tickets: Live Nation

Saturday, 5th March 2016
Adotg Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, VIC
Tickets: Live Nation

Sunday, 6th March 2016
Clipsal 500, Adelaide
Tickets: Clipsal 500

Significant Budget Boost For Tourism Australia

Significant Budget Boost Fpor Tourism AustraliaTourism Australia is preparing to introduce a brand-new $40 million marketing ad campaign promoting the great marine and coastal experiences available around the nation in an attempt to much better contend against competing countries like the USA, France and South Africa to attract worldwide tourists.

The brand-new multi-platform campaign, that is to be launched early next year, is going to be funded on a similar level to the very successful Restaurant Australia ad campaign based around food and wine experiences introduced 18 months back. That campaign has currently improved spending on food and wine by near $700 million a year, which is 40 percent higher than the two-year target of $500 million. This has seen the likes of the yarra valley wine region in Victoria significantly boosted, with restaurants in yarra valley welcoming the extra business with open arms.

Tourist Australia managing director John O’Sullivan stated the water and seaside project, which coincides with a three-part documentary series with David Attenborough which is anticipated to air early next year in more than 130 nations, was developed to play to the country’s strengths.

“It has strong appeal in our Western markets and our Eastern markets,” Mr O’Sullivan explained. “A large portion of these assets are in the regional parts of the country also, so it addresses the issue of dispersal (beyond Australia’s capital cities)”.

Marketing materials for the project, which will consist of virtual reality and 360 mobile assets as well as a new broadcast ad and other print and digital materials, have actually been shot in places such as the 3 Capes Stroll in Tasmania, Rottnest Island in Western Australia and Katherine in the Northern Territory.

“The growth of the ad campaign has actually been created in unison with the states and territories,” Mr O’Sullivan stated. “They have assisted in choosing the places being shot and the assets created”.

Australia’s seaside appeal may seem evident to locals, but Tourism Australia discovered there had actually been a 10 percent decline in Google keyword search for “the Great Barrier Reef” and “Australian beaches” throughout the USA, Singapore, United Kingdom, Japan and India in the 2013-14 financial year.

In the meantime, competing destinations, like Hawaii, South Africa, the mainland US, and the south of France have actually been working hard to bring in travelers thinking about aquatic and seaside experiences.

“Like Restaurant Australia, we are wanting to move the dial in perception and recover that leading spot especially for those who haven’t checked out the nation,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

Many global visitors already partake in seaside and marine experiences, however, the sorts selected differ by country. For instance, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving have the tendency to be more popular with Westerners, whereas Chinese visitors may like to spend some time at a yarra valley vineyard if they are visiting Melbourne, go whale-watching or seeing the penguins at Phillip Island in Victoria.

Mr O’Sullivan stated he was not worried about the campaign seeming too seasonal, since visitors might still swim in north Queensland during winter and could participate in coastal walks and whale seeing in colder weather condition as well.

The launch of this project will change the Restaurant Australia campaign, however, it might aim to connect the two together in some ways since seafood, for example, compliments the marine and seaside push.

“We focused from 2010 when ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ was released on the broad qualities of the charm of the nation,” Mr O’Sullivan stated. “We are starting to develop various chapters of that”.

Museum Art Galleries in the Barossa Valley

Museum Art Galleries The Arts are very much a part of the Barossa lifestyle. This is why in every town (apart from all of the Barossa Valley wineries you can find in every town and in-between) you will find museum art galleries and craft outlets to wander through and maybe even find that piece which captures your heart and your imagination.

Many studios offer the visitor the chance to see artists at work and see lots of heritage crafts. These include cooperage and quilting which provides a treasured link to the Barossa’s rich and colourful history. However, many of the wineries, cafes and retail outlets in the valley usually feature touring and permanent museum exhibitions. This makes for the prefect merge with the pleasures of food, the arts and off course, the wines.

For example, the Barossa Regional Gallery in Tanunda usually has an ever changing variety of local as well as touring exhibitions. The Barossa Regional Gallery is host to the Barossa Vintage Festival collection as well as the Soldiers Memorial Gallery. They also host a variety of local and other touring exhibitions. Some of the other permanent galleries include the Long Gallery. They are dedicated to the works of local artists as well as the Hill and Son Grand Organ restoration project. This is a true community effort. It’s a labour of love for local craftsmen and organ lovers alike. This magnificent instrument which was originally built for the Adelaide Town Hall, has been lovingly restored to its original splendour. They also host a lot of regular concerts.

From Tanunda driving west is The Jam Factory Regional Artists Studio. Its situated in the historic stables building located at Seppeltsfield. This studio provides studio space for around a dozen professional artisans, boasts a gallery with high quality warehouse lighting for free public exhibitions as well as a retail shop presenting outstanding hand-made local products.

A walkway that separates the space lets visitors see skilled makers at their craft, learn about the materials and processes behind the products as well as discover the heritage of the building. The building dates back to 1850.

Another cool gallery is Luhr’s Cottage at Light Pass. It was originally built in 1846 and is definitely a fascinating look into life as an original Barossa settler. If you want more information on this awesome family activity, click here: Luhrs Cottage (DOCX 0kb)