May is just around the corner, bringing with it the fourth annual Aussie Wine Month, promoted as "the country's biggest celebration of Australian wine".
In my experience Australians are pretty parochial when it comes to wine. We are are happy to sip on the occasional Chablis, sample a German riesling or an Argentine malbec, but we largely drink domestically.
That said, we are not as nationalistic about our wine as the French, where until recently it was hard to find many imports, even in Paris, or Argentina, where imported wines are as scarce as intelligent politicians in Canberra.
Aussie Wine Month, an initiative of Wine Australia, encourages wine drinkers to discover the diversity, quality and regionality of local wines and share their discoveries by including #AussieWineMonth in their social media posts.
Aussie Wine Month events will take place around the country, making it a great time to plan a wine weekend getaway, try a new wine style or explore the wines of some of Australia's lesser known wine regions. With 65 Australian wine regions to choose from, there's plenty for the wine lover to discover right on their doorstep.
There'll be wineries and regions hosting tastings, dinners, winery walks, festivals and pop-up cellar doors while a range of pubs, bars and restaurants will have an all-Australian wine-by-the-glass list for the month of May.
Wine lovers are urged to share their enthusiasm for Aussie wine on social media using the #AussieWineMonth hashtag and could win a dozen bottles of Australian wine valued at more than $400. Visit the Aussie Wine Month site for more details.
A full list of Aussie Wine Month events can be found at www.aussiewinemonth.com.
Wine drinkers can share their wine experiences with friends overseas by including #AussieWineMonth on their social media posts.