One of Australia’s leading single region wine brand which enjoys loyal consumers is called Annie’s Lane. The reason this region has such loyal consumers lies in their philosophy, which is to craft wines as natural as possible with minimal intervention.
Interesting Discovery Fact
Annie’s Lane was accidentally discovered one afternoon by Annie Wayman in 1996, when her horse cart broke down while going back to her cottage after providing lunches to prune-workers. Since then it’s known as Annie’s Lane.
Alex Mackenzie – The Winemaker
This young winemaker was born and brought up in Melbourne. He developed a very strong liking for the wine region with his childhood trips to meet his grandparents in Clare Valley. At the tender age of 16, he discovered his passion for wine and pursued a course in Viticulture at the University of Adelaide Waite Campus. After completing his course, he worked in France at Maison M.Chapoutier where he was exposed to organic viticultural practices, inspiring him to implement sustainable viticultural practices, letting nature take its course.
His passion for wine can be witnessed in the various wine regions where he worked beside Clare Valley which are Coonawarra and Barossa wine regions.
Eager to learn more and gain more experience, he did his Post Graduation in Wine making from Waite Campus and was a judge at a wine show. It’s said he is deeply involved in all the factors pertaining to winemaking and is keen to explore Italian and Spanish varietals.
Annie’s Lane Wine Ranges
The Annie’s Lane wines can be classified into four categories – Core Range, Quelltaler, Winemaker’s Blend and Copper Trail Shiraz. You can select any wine as per your taste but do try ‘Copper Trail’ Shiraz Annie’s Lane’s flagship wine which is handcrafted and very popular.
Awards & Accolades
This flagship wine of 2008 Vintage has bagged many awards in numerous wine shows – 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show, 2010 Royal Queensland Wine Show and 2011 Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
The Clare Valley
Located in an area of South Australia, the Clare Valley is home to more than 30 wineries and produces one of the finest wines. It’s about 140 km from Adelaide. People are in awe of this valley as it has the ability to produce full-bodied red wines as well as floral Rieslings, posing a quite a mystery for the viticulturlists to decipher.
The valley is rich in culture and offers something more than vineyards to its tourists, there are National parks, art galleries and old mining sites. Also, various regional events take place here from time to time, making it perfect for a weekend getaway. There is something for all!
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