According to Australia’s Bureau of Statistics, beer drinking now accounts for just 41% of alcohol consumed annually, down from 75% in the 1960s. Enjoying a glass of wine on the other hand, has increased over the same period from a mere 12% up to 38%.
It appears this trend is also growing elsewhere. The UK, which makes up the largest number of foreign tourists visiting Australia, has also seen a big decline in beer drinking. According to the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), wine is now the favoured alcoholic drink of 60% of the UK adult population--all of which bodes well for Australia’s local wineries, and those who organise wine tours along Margaret River and the surrounding areas.
Where to Find the Best Wines
Whether a foreign tourist on a holiday or visiting family and friends, or an east coast Australian touring the west coast, if you’ve discovered a love of the grape, making sure a tour of wineries in Margaret River is on the itinerary is an absolute must--and for very good reasons.
Although providing just 3% of Australia’s wine production, the Margaret River region accounts for 20% of premium wines in Australia. The areas cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, semillon, merlot, and shiraz are all much sought after the world over. And it doesn’t end there.
Many of the wineries in the Margaret River area specialise in creating wines, fruit wines, preserves, jams, port and ciders. Selling the produce direct from the door, through designated agents, and by mail order; the only way you get to try before you buy is enjoying the tastings which are part of your tour.
It’s a Family Affair
Wines and winery tours, sounds like an adult thing doesn’t it? Far from it; the clever people who operate the wineries realise that most visitors will have youngsters with them, and have planned accordingly. On your winery tour in Margaret River, you may visit great establishments such as The Berry Farm, where you’ll find something for all the family. Kids play areas and beautiful cottage gardens where children can get up close and personal with a variety of pets and young farm animals, and eating facilities which produce foods from snacks and sandwiches, to the very best in fine dining.
So the next time you want to experience something different in Australia, try the wine tours that they are renowned for.
Australians ditch beer for wine as alcohol consumption at 50-year low. The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk
Margaret River Wine Region. Australia’s SouthWest. http://www.australiassouthwest.com