Australian Wine: styles and tastes, people and places

Australian Wine: styles and tastes, people and places


Patrick Iland OAM, Andrew Caillard MW, Peter Gago AC, Peter Dry AM


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"Australian Wine: styles and tastes, people and places" is the key to understanding and enjoying Australian wine. Absorbing text and interesting photography take the reader on a journey from the vineyard to the wine in the glass. It is a comprehensive and practical guide to the way grapes are grown and how wine is made and how the different practices influence the taste of the wine. A feature of the book is the extensive coverage of the sensory profiles of Australia's wine styles, highlighting the incredible and fascinating diversity that make up the modern Australian premium wine scene.

The concise, easy to follow, educational approach makes it an ideal book for anyone who is interested in wine. The book contains 290 pages of informative text, maps, wine style guides, tasting clues and over 300 photographs to illustrate the richness, diversity and quality of Australian wine. It has been written for students, the wine trade and the general wine consumer who wants to know a little more about Australian wine.

It can be used in wine courses, hospitality courses, and for training retail, marketing and cellar door sales personnel or just to enjoy the read.


  • An introduction to Australian wine
  • Tasting, drinking and enjoying wine
  • In the vineyard
  • Dry white wines
  • Semi-sweet and sweet white wines
  • Sparkling wines
  • Dry red wines
  • Fortified wines
  • Wine regions of Australia
  • Regionality, terroir and provenance


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About the Authors

The four co-authors of this book represent a wealth of wine experience and are well known in their particular fields. Patrick Iland and Peter Dry are longstanding and distinguished career academics at The University of Adelaide and respected educators. They bring a broad knowledge of grapes and wine and educational background to the topics of the book. Peter Gago, a renowned and influential Australian winemaker, and Andrew Caillard, a leading specialist wine auctioneer, wine writer and educator, have in-depth knowledge and extensive tasting experience of Australian wines, providing them with excellent credentials for co-authoring this text.


The authors — Peter Gago, Peter Dry, Patrick Iland and Andrew Caillard.



Title Australian Wine: styles and tastes, people and places
Authors Patrick Iland OAM, Andrew Caillard MW, Peter Gago AC, Peter Dry AM
Physical properties Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 290
Width: 225 mm
Height: 285 mm
Audience Higher education, wine trade and wine consumers
Language English
Hard copy ISBN ISBN 13: 9780994635617
Ebook ISBN 9780994635624
Ebook Format PDF
Publisher Patrick Iland Wine Promotions Pty Ltd
Imprint name Patrick Iland Wine Promotions Pty Ltd
Publication date August 2017
Publication City/Country Adelaide/AU


Award Presentation Wine Communicators Award Logo

Patrick and Judith Iland accepting the award

Australian Wine: styles and tastes, people and places’ — winner of the Wine Communicators of Australia Best Wine Book (consumer) for 2017

Could this be the most comprehensive introduction to all things Australian wine ever written? A remarkably detailed resource and highly recommended.

Congratulations to the authors on what is clearly a huge amount of effort. Your attention to detail within such a broad and comprehensive coverage of the complexity of Australian wine, past and present, is remarkable! Credit to you all.

Tyson Stelzer

Multi-award winning wine writer, television presenter, international speaker and International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year 2015.

It's the Wendouree of wine books - beautiful in its own quirky way with unfashionable charm and character. Every page is an adventure - like exploring a secondhand shop for bits of gold.

It has what Instagram lacks: substance. The book was not printed in China but in a small workshop in Adelaide's west.

Anthony Madigan

WBM - Australia's Wine Business Magazine.

The one book that every wine lover should have. The perfect non-liquid wine gift.

Winsor Dobbin

Wine writer.

Buy yourself a copy of the new wine book "AUSTRALIAN WINE- Styles and tastes, people and places" by Patrick Iland et al — If ever there was an "all things to all people" book, this is it.

This classy publication covers the whole gamut of the wine industry with a plethora of really interesting snippets. Packed with vital and fascinating wine information, it could be labelled "Australian Wine 101" or for the younger generation "Australian Wine 2.0". Either way it is a fabulous read and well worth getting your hands on it. It is essential reading for anybody who wants to expand their knowledge of wine- how it is made, sensory evaluation and the Australian wine scene. A 5 star effort.

Dan Traucki

Wine writer and commentator.

The chapter on Regionality and Terroir adds significantly to our understanding of these factors in the appreciation of fine wine.

Tony Love

Wine writer and commentator.