Lotte „Down Under“ – Adelaide and Environs

Adelaide, isn´t that the...“driest city in the driest state of the driest country of the driest continent of the world“!?

Named after the british queen Adelaide, meaning Adelheid von Sachsen-Meiningen, and hasn´t emerged from a convict colony, unlike Sydney or Hobart.

Far from „forced labour“ – nevertheless this Australian travel destination for the „Masters-of-Wine“ study trip in November was not only perceived for pleasure. When wine experts like Lotte from the Grape Agents meet for trainings, there is a tight programme to be absolved. That was the case from the 19th until 25th of November 2017 at the other end of the world: An several days lasting event with ambitious speeches and tastings, with specialist excursions to exclusive vineyards, with in-depth focus on the best wines.

Within the visited australian wine-regions - Barossa Valley and Clare Valley - the climate is „mediterranean“, meaning hot, dry summers and cold winters. Perfect conditions for big wines with the main grape varieties Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Semillon and Chardonnay.

Paulett Wines, which contributes excellent wines to the Grape Agents assortment, was also one of the selected vineyards. The group of experts tasted and valued these wines as well. It was the perfect occasion for Lotte to get into expert discussions and personal dialogues with Neil and Matthew.