Canberra – a well deserved rise to fame
The Canberra District is a small wine region in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory), with very blurred lines separating it from nearby regions in surrounding New South Wales like Hilltops, Lake George and even Tumbarumba. Partly these regions are conflated because they share similar climate, and are growing from obscurity at a similar time.
Among these regions, the Canberra District has the strongest growth, but it’s still tiny. Official pages cite 30+ wineries, but I think they may be crossing some of the above blurred lines to get that number.
Yet despite the not-quite fledgling status of the region, Canberra has a strong reputation. In fact it’s quickly becoming a very badly kept secret. The reason for Canberra’s growth is quality. There are no big producers here, and the total output would be a small drop in the large vat of Australia’s national production. But the quality and uniqueness of the wines is attracting a lot of attention.
There’s a somewhat useful map at canberrawines.com.au, but I was hoping for something a bit more artistic than a google map overlay.
Code is dry, I’m thirsty
So this blog is “Code and a glass of wine”, but really there’s not much wine on here. It’s a complaint I hear often from my fans. It’s time to fix this.
One of the things I love doing most is travelling, and one of my favourite types of holiday is a wine holiday. Just in case that term is making you anxious, this is a holiday where you go to a wine region, not a holiday away from wine (that’s not a holiday, it’s a punishment).
The wine world is huge
Over time I’ve visited quite a few wine regions in various countries:
- France – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Champagne, Alsace
- Australia – Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Canberra, Tasmania, Yarra Valley, Pyrenees
- USA – Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, Willamette Valley, Walla Walla
- Argentina – Mendoza
Though it’s a decent list, it’s also only scratching the surface. There are lots of regions and even wine producing countries I’ve never been to, and even in the regions I have been there are many producers and sub-regions still on the to-do list. The more you dive into wine, the more you realise there is left to explore.
The huge and changing range in the wine world is actually the best part, because there’s so much new ground to expand your wine horizons into – you’re never finished. Visiting wine regions is a great way to find something new you love about wine. It’s also a great way to build a diverse collection of interesting wines, and expand the range of wine you’re confident buying back at home.
I’m a software developer, living in Australia. I love software for what you can do with it, and how much you can learn from it. I love the power of information. Information has behaviour and meaning. It moves and flows, and it has patterns. Good software is software that harmonizes with these patterns to reveal something new and powerful.
I’m a .Net developer, and I spend a lot of time with LINQ and the Reactive Extensions framework, which are both great tools for letting you explore and manipulate data.
I also have a growing interest in wine. Since returning to Australia from London, I’ve been getting to know our wines better. I love the idea of finding a wine with a personal story behind it, and putting it away to be opened up a decade later. All of which is another way of saying that I’ve acquired a wine fridge and one of my favourite hobbies is keeping it full. As a friend said to me, wine fridges that are full have greater thermal inertia, and are therefore more efficient. So really it’s just environmentally friendly…