Houghton Winery – One of Western Australia’s Earliest Established Vineyards

Located in Swan Valley, Western Australia, Houghton Winery is the eye of the vortex where all roads lead into. Established in 1836, it is one of the oldest wineries in Australia. Founded by the British army officer – Lt.- Colonel Richmond Houghton, who started making wine since its first retailer vintage in 1859.The dozen hectares of vineyards surrounding the Swan Valley winery is made of plantings of Verdelho, Semillon and many more. Early evidence and current studies point that the first vines were planted between 1830 and 1836. Continue reading


Grüner Veltliner Wine – Taste And Food Pairing

Talking about specific and heavenly tasty wines, we have one in mind that will make you fall in love with whites, even if you prefer reds. We are talking about the amazing Grüner Veltliner. It is a dry white wine that grows almost only in Austria. It has fruity flavors of lime, green pepper and grapefruit making it the most exotic substitute of Sauvignon Blanc. The name of this dazzling white wine is translated as the “Green Wine of Veltlin”. Veltlin was an area located in the lower part of the Alps during the 1600’s, which now is a part of Valtellina, Italy.

How It Tastes?

  • Fruit Flavors – Grüner Veltliner is a fruity wine with flavours of lime, berries, citrus lemon, nectarine and grapefruit
  • Other Flavours – It also has herbal and spicy flavours, flower, mineral, earth, white pepper, lovage, green bean, iris, honey, radish, tarragon and ginger
  • Oak Flavours – You may find flavours added with oak aging like cream, Brazil nut and wax pepper
  • Serving Temperature – Grüner Veltliner must be served at 7 ºC
  • Acidity – It has high acidity
  • Similar Varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Riesling, Picpoul, Muscadet, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Colombard and Gros Manseng

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Red or White Wine: Which One To Choose?

Whether red or white, wine is a great choice for any special occasion. From birthday parties to anniversary dinners and even weddings, a bottle of wine can surely change the mood of any special event. It is a fact that many wine lovers tend to have a preference between red and white wine. But unless you are a wine expert or drink it on a regular basis, knowing which wine to choose for your special occasion may be confused.

While both wines present numerous similar qualities, red and white wine can be very different in some aspects. Hence, it is important to understand their similarities and differences in order to know which one to choose. Continue reading

Australian Riesling: Does It Get Better With Age

Drinking good wine, with good food, in good company is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Riesling is considered to be one of the finest white grapes in the world, producing a whole range of styles from bone dry to lusciously sweet.

Australian Riesling is generally considered best consumed soon after you purchase it, while it still has its fresh fruity characteristics and lively acidityare. Many people love the rich fruit that the wine exhibits in its youth. Riesling produces wines which are delicious on release and in most cases improve in the bottle for a little while. All wines go through some changes as they age, just like we do. Continue reading