Course: Australia & New Zealand
HISTORYDiscovery: Abel Tasman
In 1642, Dutch sea captain Abel Tasman landed on South Island, which was inhabited by the Maori. He didn't stay long, but he did gave his name to the island just south of Australia's mainland as well as to the Tasman Sea, the body of water between Tasmania and New Zealand's western coast.
The islands weren't colonized for another hundred years when the British arrived in force after their own sea captain charted the waters. Cook Straights, the body of water between the two islands was named for Captain Cook.
To slake the settlers' thirst, James Busby from Scotland made the first wines in 1839.
Most of the wines produced by the fledgling wine industry were white or sparkling, but mostly...
• FREE enrollment in any course at Wine Spectator School
• Over 230,000 searchable ratings and tasting notes
• FREE mobile access so you can research wines wherever you are
• E-newsletters with advance ratings
• Editors’ blogs
• Food and wine matching tool
• And much more
If you have questions about Wine Spectator School, please contact us.
Passionate about wine? WineSpectator.com seeks a highly motivated digital journalist for an assistant editor position in its New York editorial department.