Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Italian Romance Not Slowing

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Italian Romance Not Slowing

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WINE WORDS

with Regan Drew

AUSTRALIA'S love affair with so-called "new" European varieties shows no sign of stopping. Since the mid-'50s wave of European migrants, Italian grapes have taken a hold of our vinous palates. Between 2014 and 2015 vintages, Sangiovese and Barbera crushes increased about 55% year on year, while Nero d'Avola crush went up 100%. Australians are embracing "bella vita", the beautiful life, which is all about a table of friends, food and a good bottle of (Italian variety) wine.

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