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Class 8: Discovering the New World

down under
Australia and New Zealand are often lumped together, but they couldn't be more different. They do have a few things in common, however; quality has never been better and the wine industry is growing by leaps and bounds.

This Module covers Australia and the next Module covers New Zealand.



Australia's first vines arrived with the British Expeditionary Fleet in 1778. Serious commercial wine production did not begin until the 1890s, however. Most of the early wineries were established as family enterprises, and many of the names of the original producers, including Tyrell's, Yalumba and McWilliam's, remain important in today's Australian wine industry.

As Australian exports increase, the country lives up to its reputation for producing a flood of good-value wines; the majority are ripe and fruit-driven, with...

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