With over 60 designated wine regions in Australia and production in every state, there is nothing like hiring a mini bus with your family or friends and heading to the states wine growing region. Grown more in the cooler climates, the various regions have a long history of entertaining tourists in winery and vineyard tours, wines sales and of course tasting.
The land best known for growing grapes is usually poor in comparison to other produce. Growers can take advantage of this type of land to farm some of the best wine in the world. The establishments range from small intimate vineyards to tremendous plots of land, growing grapes for as far as the eye can see. Many have fully harvested the commercial value of their estate and offer their facilities as corporate function venues in Melbourne.
As these regions offer a host of other facilities including accommodation and dining options, it seems a perfect place to hold a ceremony. Some now have function facilities which run alongside winery production. Maybe its the rich history of wine linked to the church or the location itself, vineyard wedding are a popular choice for many couples.
The history of wine dates back to as far as 6000-5000 BC. Early evidence shows that the production of wine improved greatly with the Greeks and more so by the Romans. By the end of the Roman empire, viticulture resembled modern techniques throughout Europe. The monasteries were attributed to growing most of the grapes and further advancement in viticulture. During the Middle Ages; an exceptional impoverished and fierce time, monasteries had the resources, stability, security and purpose to increase and improve production.
Wine was then used predominately in churches for Mass. It is still used for this purpose today but has expanded far beyond the bounds of religious ceremony. It has a place at the table alongside many different cuisines and is consumed alone. It is traditional to take a bottle to dinner, when asked over for a meal as a gesture of thanks.
Some people endeavour to have a wine collection and even have cellars made underneath their homes for optimal storage. For those starting a collection it is advisable to purchase only a bottle or two of each wine at a time. Taste is personal and having a good selection can often be more important that qualities of a few varieties. As experience grows, purchases can be made by the case.
Wine is sold in a variety of places including, wineries, cellar doors, bottle shops, supermarkets and online. Purchase can be made by variety, growing region or price. Buying wine online is preferred by many as they can take advantage of additional information prior to purchasing. Some wines accompany particular foods better and having this knowledge is admired and rewarded.