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Editor’s Letter

Breathe It In

I don’t know about you, but I find my olfactory senses are at their peak during autumn. Naturally, it’s also this time of year I most love visiting wine regions: the lingering energy of vintage, the intoxicating smell of fresh ferments and relaxed afternoon barbeques, red wine lightly chilled by the outdoor air… they’re all great reasons to skip town for a few days. In this issue, you’ll find our annual reminder of how spoilt for choice we are when it comes to cellar doors. Our expert team across Australia traversed the land uncovering the very best experiences for 2022: discover the region-by-region guide to Australia’s Best Cellar Doors, supported by Coravin

In the spirit of what’s hot on Antipodean palates right now, our tasting panel worked through a gamut of gamay, covering the best of Beaujolais plus some tidy versions from Australia and New Zealand, with pleasing results while at GT WINE HQ we looked further south to the Rhône’s brooding mourvèdre for our Style Guide.

Elsewhere, Tom Kline makes a case for sweet riesling while Kate Symons conveys the importance of family ownership among Mudgee’s stoic wine producers and Christina Kaigg shares the story of one of Italy’s most intrepid vineyard owners. Food-wise, we look to French bistro classics and the many virtues of Chablis, with recipes and wine matches assembled by renowned chef Jason Roberts and Andrea Pritzker MW respectively, while resident expert Peter Bourne extols the versatility of pork, and some memorable dishes.

Lastly, we’re always excited to hear about the ever-increasing number of wine producers going the extra mile with their patches of land and feel privileged to partner with the Australian Organic Wine Awards, now in its second year. Congratulations to all the winners.  

The stunning private dining room at Printhie Wines cellar door. Read more about our Best Cellar Doors awards,

Photography by Kirsten Cunningham.