Vermentino wine variety in Australia
Vermentino is one of the exciting new white varieties from Southern Italy that are making an impression on the wine scene in Australia.
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In Italy, France and the Islands
Vermentino is an aromatic white wine variety whose native habitat is the Italian region of Liguria and the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica. On Corsica it is known as Malviose of Corsica. It is also becoming increasingly popular under the name of Rolle in Provence and in the Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Regions in Southern France.
Other synonyms include Piccobon, Uva Sapaiola, Vermentino Bianco, Formentino (Italy); Carbesso. Carbes, Brustiano di Corsica, Malvasia Grossa, Malvasie Precoce d’Espagne, Malvasie à Gros Grains.
On Sardinia the most highly regarded Vermentinos are from the DOCG region of Vermentino di Gallura in the North East of the island.
Vermentino wines in Australia
Vermentino and Sardines promotion
A few years ago a group of Australian Vermentino producers banded together to promote Vermentino is a series of events promoting the natural affinity of Vermentino with freshly grilled sardines. The promotion no longer takes place but the food pairing idea is immortal.
Since the turn of the century more Australian wineries, especially on the mild to warm Australian wine regions are turning to Vermentino.
The variety has the ability to produce wines with firm acidity and good flavour even under the hot conditions experienced in some recent vintages.
One indication of it's growing importance is that since 2009 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) has had a class for Vermentino to be judged separately. Previously it was in the "other whites" classes.
In 2016 there were forty Vermentino wines judged at AAVWS.
My expectation is that this variety will play a prominent role in Australian wine regions that are too warm to produce quality wine from varieties like Chardonnay. In fact the variety is well known for its ability to withstand extreme heat waves.
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Australian Producers of Vermentino
There are now more than one hundred producers of this variety, a huge vote of confidence by Australian Winemakers, and the willingness of Australian winelovers to try something new.
Award winning Vermentino
At the AAVWS in 2016 there were 40 Vermentino wines judged. Four Gold medals were awarded, six Silvers and 11 bronzes.
Gold medals were won by
- Goodman Wines
- Mr Mick
- 919 Wines Riverland
- Aldinga Bay McLaren Vale
- Alex Russell Wines Riverland
- Ambrook Wines Swan Valley
- Angoves Winery Riverland
- Angullong Wines Orange
- Aravina Margaret River
- Atze's Corner Wines Barossa Valley
- Barangaroo Boutique Wines Grampians
- Bassham Riverland
- Beach Road McLaren Vale
- Bella Riva King Valley
- Bellwether Coonawarra
- Berton Vineyards Riverina
- Billy Button Alpine Valleys
- Bimbadgen Hunter Valley
- Box Grove Vineyard Nagambie Lakes
- Bremerton Langhorne Creek
- Briar Ridge Vineyard Hunter Valley
- Brown Brothers King Valley
- Bullers Calliope Rutherglen
- Calabria Family Wines Riverina
- Calais Estate Hunter Valley
- Cappa Stone Murray Darling
- Carpe Diem Margaret River
- Chalk Hill Winery McLaren Vale
- Chalmers Heathcote
- Chapel Hill McLaren Vale
- Cirami Estate Riverland
- Conte Estate Wines McLaren Vale
- Crittenden at Dromana Mornington Peninsula
- Cush and Cush Heathcote
- Dalfarras Nagambie Lakes
- David Hook Wines Hunter Valley
- Delinquente Wine Riverland
- Della Fay Margaret River
- Di Lusso Estate Mudgee
- Dowie Doole McLaren Vale
- ess&see McLaren Vale
- Feathertop Alpine Valleys
- First Creek Hunter Valley
- First Ridge Mudgee
- Five o’Clock Project McLaren Vale
- Flying Fish Cove Margaret River
- Flynn's Wines Heathcote
- Fowles Wine Strathbogie Ranges
- Fox Creek Wines McLaren Vale
- Golden Grove Estate Granite Belt
- Goodman Heathcote
- Goodman Wines Heathcote
- Gumpara Winery Barossa Valley
- Happs Margaret River
- Hastwell and Lightfoot McLaren Vale
- Hungerford Hill Hunter Valley
- Jacobs Creek Barossa Valley
- Kangarilla Road McLaren Vale
- King River Estate King Valley
- Kirrihill Estates Clare Valley
- Koener Wine Clare Valley
- La Maschera Barossa Valley
- Lake Breeze Langhorne Creek
- Landaire Padthaway
- Lillypilly Estate Riverina
- Little Wine Company Hunter Valley
- Mansfield Wines Mudgee
- Marq Margaret River
- Matriarch and Rogue Clare Valley
- McIvor Estate Heathcote
- Michelini Alpine Valleys
- Millbrook Winery Perth Hills
- Mitolo McLaren Vale
- Montevecchio Heathcote
- Moojelup Farm Geographe
- Mr Mick Clare Valley
- Muster Wine Company Barossa Valley
- Oak Works Riverland
- Oakover Estate Swan Valley
- Olivers Taranga McLaren Vale
- Parish Hill Wines Adelaide Hills
- Pinelli Swan Valley
- Politini King Valley
- Rabbit and Spaghetti Clare Valley
- Rupert's Ridge Estate Heathcote