The 11th Annual Katy Wine Fest will feature wines from Australia and New Zealand.
History of Australian Wine
Wine production in Australia began in 1788 at the settlement of Farm Cove in New South Wales. The first governor of the then British Colony, Captain Arthur Phillip, planted vines of Brazilian origin in the fertile soil on his way to Sydney. Later, realizing the humid climate of the coast was unsuitable for wine production, Phillip moved his vineyards inland where they prospered in the favorable soil and dryer climate.
Australia’s wine production has skyrocketed in the last twenty years, and vineyards now grow in every location where the climate allows viticulture. From the baking heat of the Swan District in the West to the cool, rainy island of Tasmania, Australia’s wines span even the broadest spectrum.
Australia’s fame has deservedly risen from its big, bold reds produced mainly from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoying warm weather and ideal soil conditions, these wines, particularly from Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale achieve incredible flavors and intensity. However, Australia does much more than just produce these powerful wines. Yarra Valley in Victoria, for example, is home to some of Australia’s finest Pinot Noir which rivals that of Burgundy itself. The Hunter region in New South Wales is famous for its unique crisp Sémillon. (Bottlenotes.com)
History of New Zealand Wine
The winemaking industry in New Zealand may have begun in 1819, when the first vines were planted on North Island. It may have begun in 1836, when an Australian winemaker made New Zealands first wine. Or it may have begun in 1873, when the country produced its first wine for commercial purposes. Any way you look at it, winemaking in New Zealand was extraordinarily slow to develop.
Today, New Zealand’s wine industry is thriving. In 1990, New Zealand exported only 9% of its wine. By 2002, that number had climbed to 66%. New Zealand wines are sold and prized throughout the world, and New Zealand winemakers can finally put themselves on the same level as their Australian neighbors. New Zealand produces primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, and is especially famous for the grassy aromas and the grapefruit tang of its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. (Bottlenotes.com)
Bottles will be available for purchase at the end of the night. Bottle prices range from $10-75.