In this completely updated edition of the original landmark volume, James Halliday situates Australian grape varieties and varietal wines in an international context.
Profiling 130 wine grapes, covering classic, second tier and alternative varieties, Varietal Wines provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the varieties currently grown and made in Australia. Halliday explores the history of classic and second tier varieties and their significance in both international and Australian wine landscapes, including detailed information on the characteristics of each variety and wine, the diversity of regional styles, the best producers, and production statistics from Australia and around the world. Details of the 95 lesser varieties are also given, reflecting the dynamic spread of new varieties in the Australian wine industry.
Fully illustrated throughout with colour photography, this is a fascinating book for the wine connoisseur and an essential reference for every player in the wine world.
Respected wine critic and vigneron James Halliday AM is an unmatched authority on the wine industry, with a career spanning forty-five years. His winemaking has led him to engagements in the Hunter Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Yarra Valley, and he had a long career as a wine judge in Australia and overseas. In 1995 he received the wine industry’s ultimate accolade, the Maurice O’Shea Award. James has written or contributed to more than 70 books on wine since he began writing in 1979 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010.