Wine writer from Melbourne with a special interest in Australia wines made from unusual grape varieties. Founder of Vinodiversity.com.
Author of What Vareital is That? A Beginners Guide to the Most Important Wine Grape Varieties.
How long have you been interested in wine?
I started drinking wine when I was at university studying Agricultural Science. Viticulture was not a significant part of the course but we had a general overview of all agricultural and horticultural systems. Over the years my curiosity grew as I saw that wine was a complex subject and there were many different varieties and styles to explore.
When did you first start writing about wine?
In 2004 I started looking around for a hobby that I could use to occupy my time when I retired. I had been writing content and websites for a few years. I came across a web publishing platform that would allow me to share my knowledge and passion for wine with a wide audience. So I started writing vinodiversity.com on a part time basis fro a year or two.
A guide to over a hundred wine grape varieties used in Australia by just a few winemakers. Includes notes on each variety and lists of producers as well as comments from winemakers about why they use Rare Ozzies varieties.
Emerging Varietal Wines of Australia describes wines made from about 140 different grape varieties. Most Australian wines are made from a handful of traditional varieties, but over the past few years innovative winemakers have extended the range of wines available in Australia by bringing in new alternative varieties or by reviving old favourites which had fallen out favour.