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Class 1: Australia: History and Grapes


CLASS 1: REVIEW AND RESOURCES
The main concepts covered in Class 1 include the following:

 

HISTORY OF WINEMAKING IN AUSTRALIA

Boom, Bust and Rebirth
1778 British Expeditionary Fleet
1850s brisk wine trade
1878 phylloxera
1900 irrigated farmland, high-alcohol wines
World Wars, Depression and temperance movement
1960s shift to quality dry wines
1980 worldwide recognition, sparking the latest wine boom
Sixth largest producer after Italy, France, Spain, the United States and Argentina

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

Where the Vineyards Are
Not in the north = high temperatures and subtropical humidity
Not in the center = deserts
Most in three cooler southeast states: South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria
Also grown in Western Australia, at the country's southwestern tip, and in Tasmania, the island off Australia's southeast coast.

Southern Harvest
Southern Hemisphere...

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